Early Film (Film to 1930)


German Silent Film videography

Russian Silent Film videography


Shakespeare videograpy (for silent Shakespeare)

Experimental and avant-garde films

Listings of films by country of production (for early film from countries outside of the US)

Films in MRC 1860-1899 / 1900-1919

Listings of films by genre (e.g., Comedy, Westerns, Horror Films for silent films)

Europa Film Treasures

Films by Notable Silent Film Directors
J. Stuart Blackton
Charlie Chaplin
Cecil B. DeMille
D.W. Griffith
Alice Guy-Blaché
Cecil Hepworth
Auguste and Louis Lumière
Georges Méliès
Edwin S. Porter
Mack Sennett
Lois Weber
Ferdinand Zecca

Films Featuring Notable Silent Stars

Lionel Barrymore
Richard Barthelmess
Clara Bow
Louise Brooks
Douglas Fairbanks
Greta Garbo
John Gilbert
Lillian and Dorothy Gish
Mae Marsh
Pola Negri
Mary Pickford
Blanche Sweet
Gloria Swanson
Constance Talmadge
Rudolph Valentino
Erich Von Stroheim

Optical Toys and Gizmos

The Media Resources Center owns a small collection of moving image optical toys and devices which may be borrowed for use in the classroom: zoetropes, thaumatropes, praxinoscopes, phenakistoscope, flip books, moire books, ombres chinoises, camera obscura. Contact Gary Handman, Head of the MRC, to make arrangements for use.

[Absinthe] The Four Earliest Known Absinthe-related Films
Presents four movies from the silent film era concerning the distilled, highly alcoholic spirit absinthe. Almost from the very outset motion picture producers found a lucerative niche producing films with an anti-alcohol message. The 1902 film "Les victimes de l'alcoolisme" was the first attempt by the newly formed Pathé company to exploit the burgeoning demand for anti-absinthe and anti-alcohol propaganda. "Les Victimes de l'alcool" (1911), a far more sophisticated film, was enthusiastically promoted by the temperance movement and was a huge success for Pathé. "Absinthe" (1913) is the only surviving U.S.-made absinthe related motion picture from the pre-ban era, featuring one of the very few filmed versions of absinthe being prepared and consumed. Contents: La Bonne absinthe / produced by Gaumont Film Company ; directed by Alice Guy (1899, 1 min.) -- Les Victimes de l'alcoolisme / produced by Pathé ; directed by Ferdinand Zecca (1902, 4 min.) -- Les Victimes de l'alcool / produced by Pathé ; directed by Gerard Bourgeois (1911, 26 min.) -- Absinthe / produced by the Gem Motion Picture Company ; starring Glen White and Sadie Weston (1913, 12 min.) DVD X2294

Alice in Cartoonland
Contents: Alice, the toreador (1925, 9 min.) -- Alice's egg plant (1925, 9 min.) -- Alice in the jungle (1925, 8 min.) -- Alice on the farm (1926, 9 min.) -- Alice rattled by rats (1925, 7 min.) -- Alice's orphan (1926, 7 min.) -- Alice the whaler (1927, 7 min.). It has been said that the Disney Studio was built on a mouse, but it all really began with a little girl named Alice. The basic concept of the "Alice films" by Walt Disney was to place a real girl in a cartoon world. This program represents Disney's earliest experiences as a young cartoon producer when he was 20 years old and reveals his development as a director and storyteller. DVD X2877; Video/C 7168

Other silent versions of Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass

Animation, the Beginning (multiple shorts). (1906-1927)
An anthology of animated films dating from 1906 to 1927. Contents: Humorous Phases of Funny Faces, J. Stuart Blackton (4 min.); La Ratelier; Fantasmagoria; Mobiliu Fedele, Emil Cohl (8 min.); Little Nemo, Winsor McCay (8 min.); Revenge of the Kinematograph Cameraman, Ladis Starevich (9 min.); Professor Bonehead is Shipwrecked, Emil Cohl (5 min.); Gertie the Dinosaur, Winsor McCay (8 min.); Dinosaur and the Missing Link, Willis O'Brien (6 min.); Sinking of the Lusitannia, Winsor McCay (6 min.); Bobby Bumps puts a Beanery on the Bum, John Bray, Earl Hurd Bray (5 min.); Out of the Inkwell: Perpetual Motion, Max Fleischer (5 min.); Modelling, Koko the Clown, Bubbles, Max Fleischer (12 min.); Laugh-o-Grams, Puss-n-Boots, Walt Disney (11 min.); Alice on the Farm, Walt Disney (7 min.); Small Town Sheriff, Paul Terry (5 min.); Felix in Hollywood, Pat Sullivan (7 min.); Oswald and the Mechanical Cow, Walt Disney (6 min.) 109 min. vhs 999:518

Animation, the Beginning, Volume 2.(1906-1925)
Classic silent animated movies dating from 1906 to 1925. Contents: Dream of a Rabbit Fiend, Gertie the Dinosaur, Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the Circus, Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse Discuss the Letter "G", Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse: a Duet, all by George Herriman; The Flying House, Winsor McCay; Surprise, Max Fleischer; Felix in Fairyland, Pat Sullivan; Alice's Egg Plant, Walt Disney. 68 min. vhs 999:597

Before Hollywood There was Fort Lee, N.J.
Describes the formative years of the silent screen in Fort Lee, New Jersey film production using silent films made in Fort Lee. Includes still photographs, film productions from 1907-1917, and footage from 1935 of the studios in ruins to show the rise and fall of silent filmaking in Fort Lee. It's a brief but fascinating overview of about half a dozen studios that created the modern feature film on the banks of the Hudson River. There are archival photographs aplenty, interesting tidbits about revolving stages (to maximize sunlight) and World War I coal shortages (which drove the industry to sunny Southern California), and some fascinating 'contemporary' shots of surviving buildings circa 1964. 40 min. DVD 6512
Before Mickey: Animation Anthology (1900-1928)
The enchanted drawing / James Stuart Blackton ; produced by Thomas Edison (1900, 1 min.) -- Animated painting / Edwin S. Porter ; the Edison Studio (1904, 1 min.) -- Humorous phases of funny faces (1906, 3 min.) ; Lightning sketches (1907, 2 min.) ; Princess Nicotine, or, A smoke fairy [excerpt] (1909, 2 min.) / James Stuart Blackton ; Vitagraph -- Fantasmagorie (1908, 1 min.) ; Clair de lune espagnol = The man in the moon (1909, 4 min.) / Emile Cohl ; Gaumont -- Little Nemo / Vitagraph (1911, 7 min.) ; Gertie (1914, 9 min.) / Winsor McCay / released through the Box Office Attraction Company -- Colonel Heeza Liar at bat / John Randolph Bray ; animated by Leslie Elton ; the Bray Studio (ca. 1917, 6 min.) -- Bobby Bumps, before and after / Earl Hurd ; the Bray Studio 0 (1918, 4 min.) -- Farmer Al Falfa's revenge / Paul Terry ; the Bray Studio (1916, 3 min.) -- Perpetual motion / written and directed by Max Fleicher ; produced by the Bray Studios, Inc. (Out of the inkwell) (1920, 4 min.) -- 'Twas but a dream / Raoul Barré ; International Film Service (Hearst-Vitagraph news pictorial) (1916, 2 min.) -- Mutt and Jeff in the flood [excerpt] / Raoul Barré & Charles Bowers ; Bud Fisher Films (ca. 1918, 3 min.) -- The Gumps in Taking a ride [excerpt] / Wallace Carlson ; Celebrated Players (ca. 1920, 1 min.) -- Le garde-meuble = The Automatic Moving Company / Romeo Bosetti ; Pathe-Comica (1912, 4 min.) -- Mest' kinematograficeskogo operatora = The cameraman's revenge / Ladislas Starevitch ; Khanzhonkov (1912, 9 min.) -- Kapten Grogg bland andra konstiga kroppa = Captain Grogg among other strange creatures / Victor Bergdahl ; Svenska Bio (1920, 6 min.) -- The lost world [excerpt] / Willis O'Brien ; directed by Harry Hoyt ; First National (1925, 4 min.) -- Alice's mysterious mystery (ca. 1924, 7 min.) ; Alice rattled by rats (An Alice comedy) (ca. 1925, 8 min.) / Walt Disney ; animated by Ub Iwerks ; M.J. Winkler Pictures -- The lunch hound / [presented by] J.K. Bray ; produced by Bray Productions, Inc. ; directed by Walt Lantz and Clyde Geronimi (Hot dog cartoons) (1927, 9 min.) -- Felix the Cat in The oily bird / [presented by] E.W. Hammons (1928, 8 min.) ; Felix the Cat dines and pines / Pat Sullivan & Otto Messmer ; [presented by] Jacques Kopfstem ; animated by Messmer and Raoul Barre ; Educational Film Exchange (1927, 7 min.). DVD X7246; vhs 999:608

Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter
Between the years 1894 to 1908, Edwin S. Porter was the leading American filmmaker. Follows his movie career, from his first job installing Thomas Edison's Vitascope machines in New York, through his business as a film exhibitor, to his job as head of Edison's movie studio. There he created story films: Jack and the Beanstalk, The Life of an American Fireman, and The Great Train Robbery. By 1909, his film technique was old fashioned. Fired by Edison, he continued making films until 1915, but he had been left behind by new directors with new techniques. Includes hand-tinted stills and segments from Porter's movies and those of other filmmakers. Includes 16 Porter shorts, including: Waiting at the Church (1906) -- Life of a Cowboy (1906) -- Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show (1902) --The May Irwin Kiss (1896) -- The Sunken Battleship ‘Maine’ (1898) -- Jack and the Beanstalk (1902) -- Life of an American Fireman (1902-3). 1982. 60 min. DVD X116; copy 2: DVD 8229 (DVD region 2); vhs Video/C 3637

[Brooks, Louise] Lulu in Berlin.
Filmed interview with actress Louise Brooks. Contains clips of several of her films. 50 min. DVD 6629 (supplement); Video/C 1849

Films featuring Louise Brooks in MRC

Louise Brooks web site

[Chaplin, Charlie] Charlie Chaplin: The Forgotten Years
Charlie Chaplin was forced to leave the U.S. in 1952, and lived with his family in Switzerland until his death in 1977. For the first time, a documentary film focuses on Chaplin's later years and his work as a prolific musical composer. Interviews with family, friends and colleagues offer insight into these forgotten years through intimate memories and entertaining anecdotes. Includes newly-found footage from private archives. Directed by Felice Zenoni. 2003. 55 min. DVD 4553

Chaplin bibliography

[Chaplin, Charlie] Unknown Chaplin.
Three-part documentary television series which observes film director Charlie Chaplin's creative processes, using outtakes of filmed rehearsals, and close scrutiny by film historians Kevin Brownlow and David Gill. DVD includes three feature-length programs: "My happiest years"; "The great director", and "Hidden treasures." Special features: "Making of" featurette; two rare bonus Chaplin shorts; never-before-seen clips; extra footage; interviews. 3 parts, 52 min. each. DVD 4852; also vhs Video/C 1414; vhs 999:562

Chaplin bibliography

[Chaplin, Charlie] Making of the Chaplin Mutuals.
Essay on the making of the Mutuals by Sam Gill Special feature accompanying the DVD The Chaplin mutuals. DVD 10

Chaplin bibliography

A Christmas Past: Vintage Holiday Films, 1901-1925
This collection of nine enchanting silent films offers a nostalgic view into the Yuletide pleasures of the early 1900s. Evoking the Victorian charm of Currier and Ives prints, these picturesque comedies and tender dramas were produced as cinematic Christmas cards offered to moviegoers of the silent era. Contents: A holiday pageant at home (1901) (5 min.) / producer unknown -- A winter straw ride (1906) (7 min.) / Edison Film Manufacturing Corp. ; photographed by Edwin S. Porter -- A trap for Santa (1909) (16 min.) / Biograph Film Corp. ; directed by D.W. Griffith ; photographed by G.W. Bitzer -- A Christmas accident (1912) (15 min.) / Edison Film Manufacturing Corp. ; directed by Bannister Merwin ; written by Annie Eliot Trumbull -- The adventure of the wrong Santa Claus : an adventure of Octavius, amateur detective (1914) (14 min.) / Edison Film Manufacturing Corp. ; written by Frederick Arnold Kummer -- Santa Claus vs. Cupid (1915) (16 min.) / Edison Film Manufacturing Corp. ; directed by Will Louis ; written by Alan Crosland -- Santa Claus (1925) (29 min.) / presented by Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Kleinschmidt -- A Christmas carol (1910) (10 min.) / Edison Film Manufacturing Corp ; from the novel by Charles Dickens -- The night before Christmas (1905) (9 min.) / Edison Film Manufacturing Corp. ; directed by Edwin S. Porter. DVD 2215

The Cinematograph
The first public cinema show took place in Paris in 1895, using the cinematograph developed by the Lumière brothers. This program explains the many antecedents of the cinematograph, shows excerpts from the films of Lumière and Meli`es (who elevated film to the level of art), and sheds light on the technological advances in the art of film. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2004. 15 min. DVD 6092

Civil War Films of the Silent Era
Contents: The Coward / director, Reginald Baker ; cast, Frank Keenan, Charles Ray, Margaret Gibson (i.e. Patricia Palmer), Gertrude Claire (1915, 77 min.) -- The Drummer of the 8th (1913, 24 min.) -- Granddad (1913, 29 min.) Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the American Civil War was a deluge of literature, drama and movies. The years 1911-1915 also marked the passage of movies from nickelodeon theaters to movie palaces showing carefully-prepared feature films. These silent films originally produced between 1913 and 1915 feature plots centered on the Civil War and include one feature film and two nickelodeon films by pioneering producer Thomas H. Ince. 134 min. DVD 443

Ehrlich, E. "Genres: The Civil War in early film: origin and development of a genre." In: The South and film / Warren French, editor Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 1981 (Main Stack PN1995.9.S66.S6; Moffitt PN1995.9.S66.S6)

Crazy Cinématographe: europäisches Jahrmarktkino 1896-1916
Features 50 short films with piano scores from early fairground and traveling cinemas which contributed to the rapid establishment of the cinematograph as a popular medium. "European Cinema of Attractions, 1896-1916" shows, in a varied sequence, rarities from the treasures of European film archives ranging from Danish anarchisit slapstick to Scottish X-ray films and a Belgium film showing a hunt. "Local films from the Greater Region, 1902-1914" presents a forgotten genre which was, in its day, was a real crowd puller ... traveling cinema. Contents: Europäisches Kino der Attraktionen 1896-1916 = European Cinema of Attractions, 1896-1916 / Musikbegleitungen von Günter A. Buchwald -- Lokalfilme aus der Großregion 1902-1914 = Local films from the Greater Region, 1902-1914 / Musikbegleitungen von John Sweeney. 165 min. DVD X767

Danish Silent Classics

The Abyss (Afgrunden)(1910)
Directed by Urban Gad. Cast: Asta Nielsen, Robert Dinesen, Poul Reumert, Hans Neergaard, Arne Weel, Oscar Stribolt. A young piano teacher, Magda, leaves her fiancé (whose father is a pastor) to follow an itinerant circus performer. The affair soon goes sour, and Magda kills her lover in a violent struggle. 37 min. DVD X770
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Ballet Dancer (Balletdanserinden)(Denmark, 1911)
Directed by August Blom. Cast: Asta Nielsen, Valdemar Psilander, Johannes Poulsen, Valdemar Møller, Keren Poulsen. Camille is an actress and ballet dancer in love with Jean, a playwright. But he is love with a married women. The situation becomes yet more embroiled when Paul, a painter decides that he loves Camille. 45 min DVD X770
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The Bear Tamer (Bjørnetmmeren) (1912)
Directed by Alfred Lind. Cast: Lilli Beck, Alfred LInd, Peter Fjeldstrup, Richard Jensen, Holger-Madsen. One of the only two surviving films produced by the Scandinavian-Russian Trading Company (Det Skandinavisk-Russiske Handelshus). This is a sequel to "The Flying Circus", in which Alfred Lind played the title role, wrote the script, directed and shot the film. Non-US format (PAL) DVD. 50 min. DVD 4435
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The Black Dream (Den Sorte Drøm) (German / Denmark, 1911)
Directed by Urban Gad. Cast: Asta Nielsen, Valdemar Psilander, Gunnar Helsengreen. This early silent Danish film features a love triangle between a circus performer, an aristocrat and a jeweler. The choice she makes, based upon love, still causes jealousy and suspicions between the two lovers which is finally settled by the playing of a card duel between the two suitors. 56 min. DVD X770
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Blind Justice (Hævnens nat) (1916)
Directed by Benjamin Christensen. Cast: Benjamin Christensen, Karen Sandberg, Peter Fjeldstrup, Jon Iversen, Fritz Lamprecht. A fugitive traveling with a baby is recaptured and separated from his child, and swears revenge on the woman he believes betrayed him. Non-US format DVD (PAL). 100 min. DVD 4432
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Candle and the Moth (Evangeliemandens liv) (1915)
Directed by Holger-Madsen. Cast: Valdemar Psilander, Birger von Cotta-Schonberg, Alma Hinding, Else Frolich, Robert Schyberg. This story tells a lurid tale of sex and crime leading to the protagonist's imprisonment and reformation. Non-US format (PAL) DVD. 60 min. DVD 4434
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The End of the World (Verdens undergang) (Denmark, 1916)
Directed by August Blom. Cast: Olaf Fonss, Carl Lauritzen, Ebba Thomsen, Johanne Fritz-Petersen. The rumour spreads that a comet is on a collision course with Earth, causing rioting, social unrest, and major disasters that destroy the world in this World War I-era film. Inspired by the fear evoked by Halley's Comet in 1910. 77 min. DVD X771
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The Flying Circus (Den flyvende cirkus) (1912)
Directed by Alfred Lind. Cast: Rasmus Ottesen, Emilie Otterdahl, Richard Jensen, Lilli Beck, Kristine Friis-Hjort, Charles Lwaas, Stella Lind. One of the only two surviving films produced by the Scandinavian-Russian Trading Company (Det Skandinavisk-Russiske Handelshus). A protagonist must decide between a good and a bad woman, with all the danger and jealousy that ensues. Non-US format (PAL) DVD. 46 min. DVD 4435
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The Great Circus Catastrophe (Dødsspring til hest fra cirkuskuplen) (1912)
Directed by Eduard Schnedler-Sørensen. Cast: Valdemar Psilander, Ellen Rder, Jenny Roelsgaard, Aage Hertel. A loosely framed plot serves to connect a series of sensational scenes such as an escape from a burning hotel, a laison with a promiscuous woman and a dangerous circus act with a horse. Non-US format (PAL) DVD. 43 min. DVD 4434
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Master of the House (Du Skal ære Din Hustru) (1925)
Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer. Cast: Johanna Meyer (Victor Frandsen); Astrid Holm (Ida Frandsen); Karin Nellemose (Karen Frandsen); Mathilde Nielsen (Nanny Mads); Clare Schonfeld (Mrs Kryer, Ida's mother). The story of a spoiled husband ... and an ordinary wife and mother whose life is encompassed by the four walls of her suburban home. 80 min. 999:3467
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The Parson's Widow (Prästänkan) (Sweden / Denmark, 1920)
Director, Carl Theodore Dreyer. Cast: Hildur Carlberg, Einar Rod, Greta Almroth. In this comic melodrama a young parson wins a plum parish in 17th century Norway, but is obliged to marry the widow of his deceased predecessor and pretend his attractive fiancee is his sister. The pastor and his "sister" plot to kill the widow, claiming she is a witch. 60 min. 999:3418
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The President (Prsidenten) (1919)
Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer. Cast: Halvard Hof, Elith Pio, Carl Meyer, Jacoba Jessen, Olga Raphael-Linden, Betty Kirkeby, Jon Iversen. A restoration of Carl Th. Dreyer's first feature film as director, addressing the crucial conflict between the strict moral codes of society and individual morals. The judge in a Danish town sees his illegitimate daughter facing a trial for the murder of her newborn child. When she is found guilty and sentenced to death, he asks for a pardon, but when it isn't granted he decides to free her and get her out of the country at all costs. Non-US format DVD (PAL). 89 min. DVD 4433
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Sealed Orders (Det Hemmelighedsfulde X)(1914)
Directed by Benjamin Christensen. Cast: Benjamin Christensen, Karen Sandberg, Fritz Lamprech, Amanda Lund, Hermann Spiro. An officer's orders are stolen by a spy who is trying to seduce the officer's wife. Non-US format DVD (PAL). 85 min. DVD 4432
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Temptations of a Great City (Ved Fængslets Port)(1911)
Directed by August Blom. Cast: Valdemar Psilander, Augusta Blad, Holger Hofman, Clara Wieth. A son's relationship wth his mother is strained due to his playboy pursuits and resulting debts. Non-US format (PAL) DVD. 41 min. DVD 4434
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Towards the Light (Mod Lyset)(Germany / Denmark, 1919)
Directed by Holger-Madsen. Cast: Asta Nielsen, Alf Blütecher, Carl Schenstrøm, Frederik Jacobsen, Augusta Blad, Anton de Verdier, Nicolai Neiiendam, Elith Pio, Astrid Holm. When a countess is attracted to a preacher, he refuses to have anything to do with her until she has a religious conversion. 55 min. DVD X770
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A Trip to Mars (Himmelskibet) (1918)
Directed by Holger-Madsen. Cast: Nicolai Neiiendam, Gunnar Tolnaes, Zanny Petersen, Svend Kornbeck. A lavishly produced space-travel picture and a milestone in the science fiction genre. Brave Avanti Planetaros travels to the planet Mars. Once there, he falls in love with a pretty Martian and together they return to Planet Earth to spread the Martian theories of love, peace and understanding. A timely message in the midst of World War I. 81 min. DVD X771
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Dawn of the Eye.
Dist.: Films Media Group. 1997. 48 min. each installment. For complete listing of installments in this series, See MRC Journalism videography

History Through a Lens, 1894-1919. Traces the history of the filmed-news industry from the development of the movie camera in 1895 which quickly led to newsreels shown in vaudeville and then in movie theaters twice a week. In reality, much of what was shown was staged by pre-Hollywood film studios. Film shows the competitiveness and tricks used as news reporting got its start and includes rare footage of very early newreel films. DVD 4527; vhs Video/C 5942

Eyes of the World, 1919-1945. Hollywood's version of the news was sanitized until a program called March of Time, a theater newsreel program, established the standards still used in the industry today. As World War II progressed it provided a forum for competition between numerous news agencies. Includes newsreel footage of World War II and of D-Day, with commentary by war correspondents. DVD 4528; vhs Video/C 5943

Dickens Before Sound
A unique collection of early film adaptations of one of Britain's favorite authors, Charles Dickens, ranging from the first extant adaptation, "Scrooge, or, Marley's Ghost ," to a bonus of the very first Dickensian sound film: Bransby Williams presenting his monologue in the character of Grandfather Smallweed from Bleak House. En route, the development of cinema storytelling will be witnessed as practitioners of this wonderful new art struggle to transform a tale from page to screen. Disc 1. Gabriel Grub (8 min., 1880-1910) -- Scrooge; or, Marley's Ghost / director, Walter R. Booth (4 min., 1901) -- The Cricket on the hearth / director, D. W. Griffith (14 min., 1909) -- Oliver Twist / director, J. Stewart Blackton (9 min., 1909) -- The boy and the convict / director, David Aylott (12 min., 1909) -- Nicholas Nickleby / director, George Nichols (20 min., 1912) -- The Pickwick papers / director, Laurence Trimble (15 min., 1913) -- David Copperfield / director, Thomas Bentley (8 min. extract, 1913) -- Disc 2. Oliver Twist / director, Frank Lloyd (74 min., 1922) -- Dickens' London (12 min., 1924) -- Grandfather Smallweed [from Bleak House] / narrator, Bransby Williams (sd., 4 min. extract, 1926-1929) DVD 6045

[Disney, Walt] Alice in Cartoonland
It has been said that the Disney Studio was built on a mouse, but it all really began with a little girl named Alice. The basic concept of the "Alice films" by Walt Disney was to place a real girl in a cartoon world. This program represents Disney's earliest experiences as a young cartoon producer when he was 20 years old and reveals his development as a director and storyteller. Contents: Alice, the toreador (1925, 9 min.) -- Alice's egg plant (1925, 9 min.) -- Alice in the jungle (1925, 8 min.) -- Alice on the farm (1926, 9 min.) -- Alice rattled by rats (1925, 7 min.) -- Alice's orphan (1926, 7 min.) -- Alice the whaler (1927, 7 min.). DVD X1999; Video/C 7168

Disney bibliography

Early Russian Cinema. A. Drankov Studio; Pathe Freres (Moscow) ; Pathe (Moscow-Film d'Art). New York: Released by Milestone Film & Video, 1992.

Silent films with Russian and English subtitles added.
Princess Tarakanova based on play by Ippolit Shpazhinskii, Sten'ka Razin based on song, 'From the Island to the Deep Streams', Romance with Double-Bass, Chekhov adaptation 38 min. DVD X578; vhs 999:686

Folklore and Legend. Contents: Brigand Brothers based on poem by Pushkin ; 16th century Russian Wedding based on play by P. Sukhotin ; Rusalka based on play by Pushkin. Drama in a Gyspy camp (Siversen, 1908) and the unreleased Brigand Brothers (Goncharov, 1912) are plein air folklore subjects, while a 16th century Russian wedding (1909) and Rusalka (1910), both directed by pioneer enthusiast Vasilii Goncharov, show how rapidly Russian cinema espoused national and cultural themes. 40 min. DVD X578; vhs 999:687

Starewicz's Fantasies. Contents: The Dragonfly and the Ant -- Christmas Eve -- The Lily of Belgium. Starewicz's fantasies, Wladislaw Starewicz's later puppet animation is now better known than his brilliant beginning at the Khanzhonkov Studio. He pioneered insect-puppets in The ant and the grasshopper (1911), before turning to live-action fantasy in a version of Gogol's Christmas eve (1913) and contributing to the war effort with an anti-German allegory The lily of Belgium (1915). DVD X579; vhs 999:688

Provincial Variations. Contents: The Wedding day -- Merchant Bashkirov's Daughter. Jewish life was one of the exotic subjects covered in provincial films like the Latvian Wedding day ( Slovinski, 1912). The remarkably bleak melodrama Merchant Bashkirov's daughter (Larin, 1913), set on the Volga, was based on a real murder scandal. 55 min. DVD X580; vhs 999:689

Chardynin's Pushkin. The Queen of spades (1910) -- The house in Kolomna (1913). The former touring actor-manager, Petr Chardynin, made an early name for himself and gave Russian cinema a distinctly cultured orientation with Pushkin adaptations like The Queen of Spades (1910) and The House In Kolomna (1913). In the latter Chardynin's protege Mozzhukhin played both a dashing officer and a farcical cook in drag. 45 min. DVD X581; vhs 999:690

Class Distinctions. Contents: The Peasants' Lot (1912) -- Silent Witnesses (1914). Despite strict censorship intended to prevent any inflammatory material from reaching the screen, many early Russian films achieved a remarkably candid portrayal of social conditions. Gonsharov's The Peasants' Lot (1912) portrayed the hardship of rural life, while an early film by Bauer, Silent Witnesses (1914) dealt frankly with servants' views of their masters in a Moscow mansion. 95 min. DVD X582; vhs 999:691 999:691

Evgenii Bauer. Contents: A Child of the Big City (1913) -- The 1002nd Ruse (1915) -- Daydreams (1915). Evgenii Bauer is the major discovery from early Russian cinema. In a mere five prolific years, he achieved mastery in several genres, including the social melodrama of A Child of the Big City (1913), erotic comedy like The 1002nd Ruse (1915) and the psychological melodrama of Daydreams (1915). Admired by his contemporaries, he raised Russian cinema to an unparalleled artistic level before his early death in mid-1917. 93 min. DVD X583; vhs 999:692

Lakov Protazanov. Contents: The Departure of a Great Old Man (1912) -- The Queen of Spades (1916). Protazanov, together with Bauer the leading director of the early Russian cinema, did not shrink from controversy in either his highly successful pre- or post-1917 careers. The Departure of a Great Old Man (1912), about the last days of Tolstoi, provoked legal action by the outraged family. The Queen of Spades (1916) starred Mozzhukhin in one of his most compelling roles as Pushkin's haunted hero. 95 min. DVD X584; vhs 999:693

High Society. Contents: Antosha ruined by a corset (1916) -- A life for a life (1916) -- The funeral of Vera Kholodnaia (1919). A panorama of Russian cinema's social impact at the height of its ambition. Antosha Ruined by a Corset (1916) is a racy, knowing urban comdey by Russia's leading screen comedian, Anton Fertner. A Life for a Life (1916) marked the pinnacle of Bauer's ambition to equal lavish foreign production standards. And The Funeral of Vera Kholodnaia recorded the vast public response to the early death of Russia's greatest star in 1919. 86 min. DVD X585; vhs 999:694

The End of an Era. Contents: The Revolutionary (1917) -- For Luck (1917) -- Behind the Screen (1917). Between the February and October revolutions in 1917, Russian cinema reflected urgent new themes, as in The Revolutionary. But Bauer also continued his vein of tragic melodrama in what was to be his last film, For Luck, designed by and featuring as an actor the young Kuleshov. A poignant fragment, Behind the Screen, shows the stars Mozzhukhin and Lisenko on the eve of their departure into exile. 91 min. DVD X586; vhs 999:695

[Edison, Thomas] Edison: The Invention of the Movies.
Commericial motion pictures were invented at the Edison Laboratory between 1888 and 1893. Perhaps none of the component parts were strictly new, but the ability of Edison and his staff to reorganize them for a specific purpose was an extraordinary cultural achievement. In 1894, Edison was the sole producer of motion pictures in the world. This first disc of a four disc set contains films produced between 1889-1903. DVD 3552

Disc 1. Early Edison camera tests; Dickson greeting; Newark athlete; Men boxing; Blacksmithing scene; Barber shop; Edison kinetoscopic record of a sneeze; Athlete with wand; Sandow; Carmecita; Boxing cats; Caicedo with pole; Annabelle butterfly dance; Cockfight, no.2; Corbett and Courtney before the kinetograph; Sioux ghost dance; Buffalo dance; Hornbacker-Murphy fight; Hadj Cheriff, Arab knife juggler; Glenroy Bros., no.2; Louis Martinetti, Contortionist; Bucking broncho; Annie Oakley; Imperial Japanese dance; Robetta and Doretto; Chinese laundry scene; Band drill; fire rescue. Billy Edwards and the unknown; Dickson experimental sound film; Princess Ali, Egyptian dance; Annabelle serpentine dance; Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots; Amy Muller; John C. Rice-Mary Irwin kiss; Shooting the chutes; Fatima, muscle dancer; mess call; inventor Edison sketched by world artist; watermellon eating contest; Lone fisherman; Interrupted lovers; Feeding the doves; Morning bath; Burning stable; Mounted Police charge; McKinley parade; Going to the fire; Morning alarm; Black Diamond express; American falls; First sleigh ride; Mr. Edison at work in labaratory; Return of lifeboat. Troop ships for the Philippines; U.S. troops landing in Cuba; Burglar on the roof; Firemen rescue; Wringing good joke; Gold rush scenes in the Klondike; searching ruins for dead bodies, Galveston; The kiss; Capture of Boer battery by British; Storm at sea; Old maid having her picture taken; High diving scene; Photographing a country couple; What happened on Twenty-Third Street, NY City; Pan-American Exposition by night; Trapeze disrobing act; Burning of Durland's Riding Academy; Jack and the beanstalk; Electrocuting an elephant; Life of an American fireman; Egyptian fakier with dancing monkey; A scrap in black and white; Uncle Tom's cabin; Gay shoe clerk; Turning the tables; What happened in the tunnel; Great train robbery.

Disc 2. European rest cure; How a French nobleman got a wife through the New York Herald personal columns; Strenuous life or, Anti-race suicide; Ex-convict; Klepto-maniac; Seven ages; Whole dam family and the dam dog; Coney Island at night; Little train robbery; White caps; Miller's daughter; Train wreckers; Life of an American policeman; Police chasing scorching auto; Dream of a rarebit fiend; Three American beauties; San Francisco earthquake; Terrible kids; Kathleen Mavourneen; Getting evidence; "Teddy" bears.

Disc 3. Cohen's fire sale; Rivals; Trainer's daughter or, A race for love; College chums; Laughing gas; Little girl who did not believe in Santa Claus; Suburbanite's ingenious alarm; Rescued from an eagle's nest; Fireside reminiscences; Cupid's pranks; Tale the Autumn leaves told (fragment); House of cards; New York of today; How Bumptious papered the parlor; Thirty days at hard labor; Passer-by; Totville eye; Public and private care of infants; Unsullied shield.

Disc 4. At Bear Track Gulch; The Ambassador's daughter; A serenade by proxy; All on account of a transfer; One touch of nature; The adventure of the hasty elopement; The wonders of magnetism; Black eyes; The lone game; The unbeliever.

[Fairbanks, Douglas]Douglas Fairbanks, A Modern Musketeer.

Disc 1: Contents: His picture in the papers / Fine Arts/Triangle ; director; John Emerson ; featuring Douglas Fairbanks, Clarence Handyside, Loretta Blake (1916, 55 min.) -- Mystery of the leaping fish / Fine Arts/Triangle ; director, John Emerson ; featuring Douglas Fairbanks, Bessie Love, Alma Rubens (1916, 20 min.) -- Flirting with fate / Fine Arts/Triangle ; director, Christy Cabanne ; featuring Douglas Fairbanks, W.E. Lawrence, Jewel Carmen (1916, 57 min.) His picture in the papers: A young man can marry his sweetheart only if he becomes famous enough to have his picture printed in the paper. Mystery of the leaping fish: A satire on Sherlock Holmes which concerns a professional incident in the life of the world's greatest scientific detective. Flirting with fate: About a struggling artist whose heart is broken when his sweetheart is promised in marriage to another. DVD X1991

Disc 2: Contents: The matrimaniac / Fine Arts/Triangle ; director, Paul Powell ; featuring Douglas Fairbanks, Constance Talmadge, Winifred Westover, Wilbur Higby (1916, 46 min.) -- Wild and woolly / Artcraft Pictures ; director, John Emerson ; featuring Douglas Fairbanks, Eileen Percy, Walter Bytell (1917, 47 min.). The matrimaniac: Jimmy Conroy wants to marry Marna Lewis. However, her father has chosen another man for his daughter, so Jimmy and Marna entrain in an attempt to elope. Wild and woolly: Jeff Hillington is the extremely naive son of a wealthy Eastern family --he loves the old west so much he romanticizes its glories. When his father sends him to Arizona on business, Jeff expects it to be the place he read about in dime-store novels, and to appease him, the townsfolk put on a wild west show that turns real. DVD X1992

Disc 3: Contents: Reaching for the moon / Artcraft Pictures ; directed by John Emerson ; featuring Douglas Fairbanks, Eileen Percy, Richard Cummings (1917, 62 min.) -- A modern musketeer / Artcraft Pictures ; director, Allan Dwan ; featuring Douglas Fairbanks, Marjorie Daw, Eugene Ormonde (1917, 68 min.) Reaching for the moon: A daydreaming clerk discovers that he's of royal blood. A modern musketeer: Ned Thacker is born during a Kansas cyclone and is thus imbued with the spirit of adventure. DVD X1993

Disc 4: Contents: When the clouds roll by / United Artists ; director, Victor Fleming ; featuring Douglas Fairbanks, Kathleen Clifford, Ralph Lewis (1919, 50 min.) -- The mollycoddle / Douglas Fairbanks / United Artists ; director, Victor Fleming ; featuring Douglas Fairbanks, Ruth Renick, Wallace Beery (1920, 86 min.) When the clouds roll by: A wealthy young bachelor allows a pompous head-shrinker to influence his romantic pursuit of Greenwich Village artist Katherine Williams. The mollycoddle: A dandified American returns to his home in the wild West after being educated in England. DVD X1994

Disc 5: Contents: The nut / United Artists ; director, Theodore Reed ; featuring Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De la Motte, William Lowery (1921, 74 min.) -- The mark of Zorro / United Artists ; director, Fred Niblo ; featuring Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite de la Motte, Noah Beery (1920, 80 min.) The nut: Charlie Jackson is a Greenwich Village character who invents Rube Goldberg-style contraptions. He uses them to please his friends and his sweetheart but more often than not, they backfire. The mark of Zorro: Don Diego de la Vega is the son of a wealthy Spanish Californian rancher, but in reality, he is the dashing masked-and-caped Zorro, who wages a one-man war to rescue his fellow citizens from the tyrannical Captain Juan Ramon. DVD X1995

Faust im Film (Faust in film)
A documentary of early film treatments of the story of Faust in three parts: 1. Faust and his pact with the devil. 2. Faust and the people around him. 3. Faust and magic. The accompanying textbook contains descriptions of well-known Faust films. In German with English commentary. 1999. 36 min. Video/C 8578

[Feuillade, Louis] Fantômas (1913-1914)
Directed by Louis Feuillade. Films from the silent serial crime saga with the evil Fantômas battling Inspector Juve. Based on novels by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain. [Disc 1]. Fantômas (A l'ombre de la guillotine) (1913, 54 min.). Juve contre Fantômas (1913, 60 min.). Le mort qui tue (1913, 91 min.) -- [Disc 2]. Fantômas contre Fantômas (1914, 59 min.). Le faux magistrat (1914, 70 min.). Special features. Photography, Georges Guerin and Albert Sorgius. Cast: Rene Navarre, Edmond Breon, Georges Melchior, Renee Carl, Andre Luguet, Yvette Andreyor. Special features: Photo gallery, covers of the novels, sinister crime stories of the time, illustrated filmographies, a comparison of the original novels with the films, interviews with Marcel Allain, clips from the show "Pour le plaisir" (Rendez-vous avec Fantômas, created by Georges Franju, 1966) and "Bonnes adresses pour rever" (created by Roland Bernard, 1969). DVD 5868

[Feuillade, Louis] Les Vampires (1916)
Directed by Louis Feuillade. Cast: Musidora, Edouard Mathe, Marcel Levesque, Jean Ayme, Fernand Herrmann, Stacia Napierkowska. 1. The severed head -- 2. The ring that kills -- 3. The red code book -- 4. The spectre -- 5. Dead man's escape -- 6. Hypnotic eyes -- 7. Satanas -- 8. The thunder master -- 9. The poisoner -- 10. The terrible wedding. A legendary 7 hour silent crime serial in 10 episodes describing the achievements of Les Vampires, a secret society of criminals led by Irma Vep. The gang uses kidnapping, poisonous gas, heavy artillery, sexual domination and murder to gain power over the elite of Paris. Special features: Inserted essay: The public is my master, Louis Feuillade and Les Vampires by Fabrice Zagury; For the children: a comedy sketch by the cast and crew of Les Vampires to raise funds for the French war orphans. Directed by Louis Feuillade (1916, 3 min.); Bout-de-Zan and the shirker: a comedy that features the child actor, Bout-De-Zan, from episode 8 of Les Vampires. Directed by Louis Feuillade (1916, 8 min.) 399 min. DVD 285
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[Feuillade, Louis] Gaumont Treasures, 1897-1913. Disc 2, Louis Feuillade
This collection looks at pioneering French filmmakers from the Gaumont studio, with extensive examples of their work. Best remembered today for his espionage serials Les Vampires and Fantômas, Louis Feuillade had a more varied and profound influence upon French cinema than many of his followers realize. For more than a decade, he was the artistic director at Gaumont, encouraging the rise of such filmmakers as Abel Gance and Léonce Perret. This collection of films offers a wider view of Feuillade's directorial efforts -- but, admittedly, it is only a small portion of the nearly 800 films he is believed to have directed.

Contents: Colonel's account = Récit du colonel (1907) -- Very fine lady = Dame vraiment bien [in collaboration with Romeo Bosetti] (1908) -- Spring = Printemps (1909) -- Fairy of the surf = Fée des grèves (1909) -- Custody of the child = Possession de l'enfant (1909) -- Defect = Tare (1911) -- Roman orgy = 'Orgie romaine (1911) -- Trust, or the battles for money = Trust, ou les batailles de l'argent (1911) -- Heart and the money = Coeur et l'argent [in collaboration with Léonce Perret] (1912) -- Obsession = Hantise (1912) -- Tragic error = Erreur tragique (1913) -- Bout de Zan steals an elephant = Bout de Zan vole un éléphant (1913) -- Agony of Byzance = Agonie de Byzance (1913) -- Special feature : Louis Feuillade: Master of many forms (ca. 11 min.) DVD X2029

[Feuillade, Louis] Judex (France, 1917)
Directed by Louis Feuillade. One of cinema's first 'superheroes,' the mysterious Judex in these early silent films is torn between an oath of justice against the wealthy banker Favraux, who had earlier wronged his family, and his secret love of Favraux's daughter, Jacqueline. This framework is the basis of a series of extraordinary and engaging incidents involving Judex's brother, the evil Diana Monti and her accomplices, the detective Cocatin, and the charming Licorice Kid. Disc 1: Prologue -- 1. The mysterious shadow -- 2. The atonement -- 3. The fantastic dog pack -- 4. The secret of the tomb -- 5. The tragic mill -- Disc 2: 6. The Liquorice Kid -- 7. The woman in black -- 8. The underground passages of the Chateau-Rouge -- 9. When the child appeared -- 10. Jacqueline's heart -- 11. The water goddess -- 12. Love's forgiveness. Features a newly recorded score by Robert Israel. Also included: The music of Judex, an 18 minute featurette in which Robert Israel discusses scoring Judex and an essay by film historian Jan-Christopher Horak. 315 min. DVD 6178
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[Feyder, Jacques] Gaumont Treasures Volume 2, Disc 3, Jacques Feyder and the Early Masters of French Cinema
During its second decade of existence, the Gaumont Film Company continued to prove itself an indomitable force in cultivating and advancing the fledgling art of cinema. It was also a place of great technical innovation. This film highlights the romantic comedies of Jacques Feyder, while paying tribute to some of French cinema's lesser-known pioneers.

Contents: Heads... and women who use them / Jacques Feyder (1916, 36 min.) -- Friendly Advice / Jacques Feyder (1916, 16 min.) -- Biscot on the wrong floor / Jacques Feyder (1916, 15 min.) -- The Long arm of the law / Roméo Bosetti (1909, 7 min.) -- The Barges / George-Andr@eacute; Lacroix (1911, 10 min.) -- La Marseillaise / Etienne Arnaud (1912, 10 min.) -- A Drama of the air / René le Somptier (1913, 17 min.) -- Child's play / Henri Fescourt (1913, 12 min.) -- Feet and hands / Gaston Ravel (1915, 17 min.) -- Anonymous films. Factory drama (1912, 13 min.) -- The Pavements of Paris (1912, 13 min.) -- The Fairy's farewell (25 sec.).

Film Before Film.
Director Werner Nekes presents the "prehistory" of cinema by showing various types of motion pictures that led to the birth of the film. Includes shadow plays, peep shows, flip books,flicks, magic lanterns, lithopanes, panoramic scrolls,colorful forms of early animation and numerous other types of historical artifices. 83 min. Video/C 1848

Film History.
This program examines the history of film, from its beginnings in the late 19th century to the invention of VCRs. Filmmaking's roots as an entertainment and storytelling medium are examined, along with the emergence of Hollywood, the studio star system, and birth of the talkies. Film industry regulation, including censorship, is discussed along with the blacklist and competition from television. Contents: One reel stories -- Visual storytelling -- Attracting audiences -- Studio control -- Movie competition -- Video trailers. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1998. 29 min. Video/C 5680

Film Montage: The Projection of Modernity
In this program, art historian Briony Fer analyzes the techniques and applications of film montage as they developed in the 1920s in the Soviet Union and Germany. By comparing and contrasting clips from October and Strike; Man with a Movie Camera; and Berlin - Symphony of a Great City, she illustrates how Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, and Walter Ruttmann employed montage to address the concept of the crowd as a heroic protagonist, the collective experience of going to the cinema, and other topics. Dr. Fer also juxtaposes the ideologies of Soviet Moscow and Weimar Berlin as presented in these films. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2005. 24 min. DVD 4486

The Film Parade
A documentary survey of important inventions and contributions to the motion picture industry from 1848 to early films of the 1900s. The film details how stationary frames of pictures are made to move, and how sound is put onto the track. Footage of many silent films is used in this historically important work written and produced by J. Stuart Blackton, founder of the Vitagraph studio. Originally produced in 1934. 66 min. Video/C MM537

First American Features, 1912-1916
From the manger to the cross / directed by Sidney Olcott (71 min. : col. tinted.) -- Traffic in souls / directed by George Loane Tucker (88 min. : b&w) -- Regeneration / directed by Raoul Walsh (72 mn. : b&w) -- The cheat / directed by Cecil B. DeMille (59 min. : b&w) -- Young romance / directed by George Melford (58 min. : b&w) -- Civilization / produced by Thomas H. Ince (86 min. : b&w) -- A girl's folly / directed by Maurice Tourneur (30 min. : col tinted). R. Henderson Bland, Gene Gauntier (1st film); Jane Gail, Matt Moore, Ethel Grandin (2nd film); Rockliffe Fellowes, Anna Q. Nilsson (3rd film); Dessue Hayakawa, Fannie Ward (4th film); Howard Hickman, Enid Mardey, Lola May (6th film); Robert Warwick, June Elvidge, Doris Kenyon (7th film) Videodisc release of silent motion pictures originally produced between 1912 and 1917. From the manger to the cross (1912): Presents a passion play, filmed on location in Egypt and Palestine. Traffic in souls (1913): Set against the white slave trade of the early 1900s, this film dramatizes the John D. Rockefeller white slavery report and the investigation of District Attorney Whitman. Regeneration (1915): Portrays the rough, crime-ridden life in New York City slums. The cheat (1915): Depicts an impulsive, social climbing woman who gambles away Red Cross funds entrusted to her. She seeks the help of an Asian merchant to save her reputation, in return becoming his property. Young romance (1915): Unbeknownst to each other, two department store clerks decide to assume the identities of wealthy customers and spend their vacations as members of high society. They meet and fall in love, but part without revealing their true identities. Back at work, they meet again, realize the truth and happily end the charade. Civilization (1916): Set in a mythical kingdom, this film is a strong appeal for pacifism, painting a vivid portrait of the madness of war and the inevitable destruction and devastation caused by global conflict. A girl's folly (1917): A country girl who is bored with farm life sets out to meet the leading man in a movie being filmed near her home. Video/D 148 (laserdisc)

The First Film Archive (Det forste filmarkiv)
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Det Danske Filmmuseum (now: Danish film Institute) presents seventy silent documentary films. Shows Danish events and people of the period 1899-1919 as well as visitors to Denmark such as Theodore Roosevelt and polar explorer Frederick Albert Cook. Original producers/donors of the films were Royal Court photographer Peter Elfelt, Ole Olsen's Nordisk Films Kompagni and the daily paper Politiken. 225 min. DVD X773

[Flaherty, Robert]Nanook Revisited
Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North (1922) created the very genre of film documentary, with its documentation of the Inuit and Eskimo traditions. This film revisits Inukjiak, the site of Flaherty's filming to critically re-examine the realities behind the ground-breaking documentary and the changes since it was made almost 70 years ago. Director, Claude Massot; writers, Claude Massot, Sebastien Regnier. Dist: Films Media Group. 1994. 55 min. DVD 2915; also VHS Video/C 5824

[Flaherty, Robert]The Year of the Hunter
This documentary tells the story of the making of Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North(1922) and the Inuit who starred in the film. Clips from the original motion picture are interspersed with dramatizations in which Adamie Inukpuk, Nanook's great-grandson, plays the famed hunter. Dist: Films Media Group. 2004. 51 min. DVD 3734

[Fleischer, Max and Dave]Max and Dave Fleischer: The Fathers of Movie Animation
This program illustrates the Fleischers' pioneering role in the development of movie animation, providing a concise history of the art form during the early decades of the 20th century. Clips from Popeye and Betty Boop cartoons reveal the caustic vitality of the Fleischers, while numerous excerpts from the feature-length Gulliver's Travels clearly demonstrate the lifelike quality associated with their productions. Dist: Films Media Group. 1997. 27 min. DVD 6084
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Gaumont Treasures: 1897-1913
This collection looks at pioneering French filmmakers from the Gaumont studio, with extensive examples of their work.

Disc 1:Few individual artists have exerted as profound an influence upon the evolution of cinema as Alice Guy (later known as Guy-Blaché). With this collection of more than 60 films, culled from the world's leading archives and carefully mastered, Guy may no longer be seen as a "woman filmmaker." These films, produced by Guy for Gaumont before she moved to the U.S., reveal her to be an unqualified pioneer of motion pictures.

Contents: Fisherman at the stream = Pêcheur dans le torrent (1897) -- Bathing in a stream = Baignade dans un torrent (1897) -- Serpentine dance = Bob Walter, Danse serpentine (1897) -- Turn-of-the-century blind man = Aveugle fin de siècle (1898) -- At the hypnotist's = Chez le magnétiseur (1898) -- Burglars = Cambrioleurs (1898) -- Disappearing act = Scène d'escamotage (1898) -- Surprise attack on a house at daybreak = Surprise d'une maison au petit jour (1898) -- At the club = Au cabaret (1899) -- Wonderful absinthe = Bonne absinthe (1899) Avenue de l'Opera (1900) -- Automated hat-maker and sausage-grinder = Chapellerie et charcuterie automatiques (1900) -- At the photographer's = Chez le photographe (1900) -- Dance of the seasons: winter, snow dance = Danse des saissons: L'Hiver, danse de la neige (1900) -- Landlady = Concierge (1900) -- Turn-of-the-century surgery = Chirurgie fin de siècle (1900) -- Pierrette's escapades = Fredaines de Pierette (1900) -- At the floral ball, featuring Miss Lally and Miss Julyett of the Olympia = Mesdemoiselles Lally et Julyett de l'Olympia, au bal de flore (1900) -- Cabbage-patch fairy = Fée aux choux (1900) Serpentine dance by Lina Esbrard = Lina Esbrard, Danse serpentine (1902) -- Midwife to the upper class = Sage-femme de première classe (1902) -- Untimely intrusion = Intervention malencontreuse (1902) -- Miss Dundee and her performing dogs = Miss Dundee et ses chiens savants (1902) -- How monsieur takes his bath = Comment Monsieur prend son bain (1903) -- Faust and Mephistopheles = Faust et Méphistophélès (1903) O'Mers in 'The Bricklayers' = O'Mers dans 'Les Maçons' (1905) -- Statue = La statue (1905) -- Magician's alms = Charité du prestidigitateur (1905) -- Clown, dog and balloon = Clown, chien et ballon (1905) -- Spain = Espagne (1905) -- Tango =Le Tango (1905) -- Malagueña and the bullfighter = Malagueña et le torero (1905) -- Cook & Rilly's trained rooster = Coq dressé de Cook et Rilly (1905) -- Cake walk, performed by Nouveau Cirque = Le Cake Walk du Nouveau Cirque (1905) -- Alice Guy films a 'Phonoscène' in the studio at Buttes-Chaumont, Paris = Alice Guy tourne une phonoscène sur le théâtre de pose des Buttes-Chaumont (1905) Saharet performs the Bolero = Saharet, Boléro (1905) -- Polin performs 'The anatomy of a draftee' = Polin, L'Anatomie du conscrit (1905) -- Dranem performs 'The true jiu-jitsu' = Dranem, Le Vrai Jiu-jitsu (1905) -- Dranem performs 'Five o'clock tea' = Dranem, Five O'clock tea (1905) -- Félix Mayol performs 'Indiscreet questions' = Félix Mayol, Questions indiscrètes (1905) -- Félix Mayol performs 'The Trottins' polka' = Félix Mayol, La Polka des trottins (1905) -- Félix Mayol performs 'White lilacs' = Félix Mayol, Lilas-Blanc (1905) Birth, the life and the death of Christ = Naissance, la vie et la mort du Christ (1906) -- Obstacle course = Course d'obstacle (1906) -- Madame's cravings = Madame a des envies (1906) -- Sticky woman = Femme collante (1906) -- Hierarchies of love = Hiérarchie dans l'amour (1906) -- Cruel mother = Marâtre (1906) -- Story well spun = Histoire roulante (1906) -- Drunken mattress = Matelas épeliptique (1906) -- Parish priest's Christmas = Noël de Monsieur le curé (1906) -- Truth behind the ape-man = Vérité sur l'homme-singe (1906) -- Consequences of feminism = Résultats du féminisme (1906) -- Ocean studies = Effets de mer 1906) -- Game-keeper's son = Fils du garde-chasse 1906) -- Race for the sausage = Course à la saucisse (1907) -- Glue = Glu (1907) -- Fur hat = Bonnet à poil (1907) -- Cleaning man = Frotteur (1907) -- Four-year-old hero = Héroïne de quatre ans (1907) -- Rolling bed = Lit à roulettes (1907) -- Irresistible piano = Piano irrésistible (1907) -- On the barricade = Sur la barricade (1907) -- Dirigible 'Homeland' = Ballon dirigeable 'Le Patrie' (1907). DVD X2028

Disc 2: Louis Feuillade This collection looks at pioneering French filmmakers from the Gaumont studio, with extensive examples of their work. Best remembered today for his espionage serials Les Vampires and Fantômas, Louis Feuillade had a more varied and profound influence upon French cinema than many of his followers realize. For more than a decade, he was the artistic director at Gaumont, encouraging the rise of such filmmakers as Abel Gance and Léonce Perret. This collection of films offers a wider view of Feuillade's directorial efforts -- but, admittedly, it is only a small portion of the nearly 800 films he is believed to have directed.

Contents: Colonel's account = Récit du colonel (1907) -- Very fine lady = Dame vraiment bien [in collaboration with Romeo Bosetti] (1908) -- Spring = Printemps (1909) -- Fairy of the surf = Fée des grèves (1909) -- Custody of the child = Possession de l'enfant (1909) -- Defect = Tare (1911) -- Roman orgy = 'Orgie romaine (1911) -- Trust, or the battles for money = Trust, ou les batailles de l'argent (1911) -- Heart and the money = Coeur et l'argent [in collaboration with Léonce Perret] (1912) -- Obsession = Hantise (1912) -- Tragic error = Erreur tragique (1913) -- Bout de Zan steals an elephant = Bout de Zan vole un éléphant (1913) -- Agony of Byzance = Agonie de Byzance (1913) -- Special feature : Louis Feuillade: Master of many forms (ca. 11 min.) DVD X2029

Disc 3: This collection looks at pioneering French filmmakers from the Gaumont studio, with extensive examples of their work. Until now, the films of Léonce Perret have been virtually unseen in the United States, yet he was a hugely influential figure in the growth of the French film industry. As an actor, he appeared in more than 100 films from 1909 to 1916, including the long-running series of "Léonce" comedies. But his greater contribution was as a director who set the standard to which other French filmmakers aspired. His films had a technical mastery and aesthetic grace that allowed them to reveal subtleties of character and meaning.

Contents: Mystery of the rocks of Kador = Mystère des roches de Kador (ca. 44 min., 1912, hand-tinted) -- Child of Paris = Enfant de Paris / written and directed by Léonce Perret ; photography, Georges Specht ; cast, Léonce Perret, Louis Leubas, Maurice Lagrenée, Émile Keppens (ca. 124 min., 1913) -- Special feature: Léonce Perret: The filmmaker's filmmaker (ca. 18 min.). DVD X2030

Garçon, François. Gaumont, un siècle de cinéma / François Garçon. Paris : Gallimard, 1994, c1992. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.F7 G3 1994)
Gaumont : 90 ans de cinéma / sous la direction de Philippe d'Hugues et Dominique Muller. Paris : Ramsey-La Cinémathèque Française, 1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1999.G38 G3 1986)

Gaumont Treasures Volume 2, Disc 1, Emile Cohl
During its second decade of existence, the Gaumont Film Company continued to prove itself an indomitable force in cultivating and advancing the fledgling art of cinema. It was also a place of great technical innovation. This film showcases the work of animator Emile Cohl that includes explorations of 2 dimensional animation, puppetry, etc. with some occasional live action.

Contents: Fantasmagoria (1908, 2 min.) -- The Puppet's nightmare (1908, 2 min.) -- Drama at the puppets' house (1908, 3 min.) -- The Magic hoop (1908, 5 min.) -- The Little soldier who became a god (1908, 4 min.) -- The Boutdebois brothers (1908, 2 min.) -- Transfigurations (1909, 6 min.) -- Let's be sporty (1909, 5 min.) -- Japanese fantasy (1909, 1 min.) -- The Happy microbes (1909, 4 min.) -- Modern eduacation (1909, 3 min.) -- The Living fan (1909, 4 min.) -- Spanish clair de lune (1909, 4 min.) -- The Next door neighbors (1909, 4 min.) -- Crowns (1909, 5 min.) -- Delicate porcelains (1909, 3 min.) -- Monsieur clown among the Lilliputians (1909, 4 min.) -- Comic mutations (1909, 3 min.) -- Matrimonial shoes (1909, 5 min.) -- The Enchanted spectacles (1909, 5 min.) -- Affairs of the heart (1909, 4 min.) -- Floral frameworks (1910, 5 min.) -- The Smile-o-scope (1910, 5 min.) -- Childish dreams (1910, 5 min.) -- En route (1910, 6 min.) -- The Mind of the café waiter (1910, 5 min.) -- Master of a fashionable game (1910, 4 min.) -- Petit chantecler (1910, 7 min.) -- The Twelve labors of Hercules (1910, 7 min.) -- Petit Faust (1910, 5 min.) -- The Neo-impressionist painter (1910, 6 min.) -- The Four little tailors (1910, 7 min.) -- Art's infancy (1910, 4 min.) -- The Mysterious fine arts (1910, 5 min.) -- The Persistent salesman (1910, 8 min.) -- A History of hats (1910, 5 min.) -- Nothing is impossible for man (1910, 6min.) -- Mr. Crack (1910, 5 min.) -- Bébé's masterpiece (1910, 4 min.) -- Music-mania (1910, 5 min.). DVD X5732

Gaumont Treasures Volume 2, Disc 2, Jean Durand
During its second decade of existence, the Gaumont Film Company continued to prove itself an indomitable force in cultivating and advancing the fledgling art of cinema. It was also a place of great technical innovation. This film focuses on the work of filmmaker Jean Durand who specialized in slapstick and innovated the "French Western".

Contents: Comedies. Calino's baptism (1911, 3 min.) -- Calino wants to be a cowboy (1911, 6 min.) -- Zigoto and the affair of the necklace (1911, 8 min.) -- Calino, the love tamer (1912, 6 min.) -- Zigoto's outing with friends (1912, 5 min.) -- Oxford vs. Martigues (1912, 4 min.) -- Onésime goes to hell (1912, 7 min.) -- Calin, station master (1912, 6 min.) -- Onésime, clockmaker (1912, 5 min.) -- Onésime vs. Onésime (1912, 8 min.) -- Zigoto drives a locomotive (1912, 6 min.) -- Onésime gets married... so does Calino ( 1913, 7 min.) -- Onésime: Calino's inheritance (1913, 1 min.) -- Onésime loves animals (1913, 6 min.) -- Onésime, trainer of men and horses (1913, 13 min.) -- Onésime and the heart of a gypsy (1913, 7 min.) -- Onésime, you'll get married... or else! (1913, 7 min.) -- Onésime's theatricla debut (1913, 10 min.) -- Onésime's family drama ( 1914, 7 min.) -- Dramas. The Railway of death (1912, 17 min.) -- Burning heart: an Indian tale (1912, 13 min.) -- Under the claw (1912, 25 min.). DVD X5733

Gaumont Treasures Volume 2, Disc 3, Jacques Feyder and the Early Masters of French Cinema
During its second decade of existence, the Gaumont Film Company continued to prove itself an indomitable force in cultivating and advancing the fledgling art of cinema. It was also a place of great technical innovation. This film highlights the romantic comedies of Jacques Feyder, while paying tribute to some of French cinema's lesser-known pioneers.

Contents: Heads... and women who use them / Jacques Feyder (1916, 36 min.) -- Friendly Advice / Jacques Feyder (1916, 16 min.) -- Biscot on the wrong floor / Jacques Feyder (1916, 15 min.) -- The Long arm of the law / Roméo Bosetti (1909, 7 min.) -- The Barges / George-Andr@eacute; Lacroix (1911, 10 min.) -- La Marseillaise / Etienne Arnaud (1912, 10 min.) -- A Drama of the air / René le Somptier (1913, 17 min.) -- Child's play / Henri Fescourt (1913, 12 min.) -- Feet and hands / Gaston Ravel (1915, 17 min.) -- Anonymous films. Factory drama (1912, 13 min.) -- The Pavements of Paris (1912, 13 min.) -- The Fairy's farewell (25 sec.). DVD X5734

Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky (Trick of Light)(1995)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Udo Kier, Otto Kuhnle, Christoph Merg, Nadine Büttner, Lucie Hürtgen-Skladanowsky. A rare gem of cinematic storytelling that weaves docudrama, fictional reenactment, and experimental photography into a powerful, reflective work on the early days of German cinema. The film tells the story of the Skladanowsky Brothers, the German-born duo who invented the "bioskop", an early version of the film projector at the same time as the Lumieres and Edison were working on their inventions. The footage is shot with a 1920s handcranking camera, in the style of silent films. 76 min. DVD 6951

Great Escape, 1927.(The People's Century)
By the mid-1920s, millions worldwide were already confirmed "moviegoers". Movies reflected and affected the way people dressed, thought and spoke, teaching the inexperienced about love and courage, while the governments around the globe were quick to realize the power of film: this new mass entertainment would also prove an unrivaled tool of mass persuasion. Here moviegoers reminisce, revealing how the new medium persuaded, influenced and entralled them, as it offered a welcome refuge from the century's pressures. 56 min. Video/C 5549

The Great Primitives: Landmark Films from the First Decade of Motion Picture History
Edison Kinetoscopic record of a sneeze (1894) -- Sandow flexing his muscles (1894) -- The kiss (1896) -- Boxing cats (1897) -- Pie eating contest (1897) -- Ella Lola's turkish dance (1898) -- Workers leaving the Lumière Factory (ca. 1895-1898) -- Arrival of the train at La Ciotat (ca. 1895-1899) -- Firemen answering the call (ca. 1895-1900) -- Snowball fight (ca. 1895-1901) -- Demolition of a wall (ca. 1895-1902) -- Watering the gardener (ca. 1895-1903) -- Feeding the baby (ca. 1895-1904) -- Quarreling infants (1895-1905) -- A game of cards (ca. 1895-1906) -- Children digging shrimp (ca. 1895-1907) -- Swimming in the sea (ca. 1895-1908) -- Trip to the Moon (1902) -- Uncle Josh at the moving picture show (1902) -- Life of an American fireman (1903) -- Great train robbery (1903) -- Rescued by Rover (1905) DVD 7983

The Great Train Robbery(1903)
Directed by Edwin S. Porter. Included on DVD 1096; DVD 3552; DVD 7983; DVD 277; vhs 999:1006; vhs 999:851

[Griffith, D. W.]
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[Griffith, D. W.] D.W. Griffith. Father of Film
An in depth look at the accomplishments of this outstanding U.S. filmmaker who transformed a carnival novelty into a new art form; presented here through silent film clips, newsreel clips and photographs, and interviews with his stars and colleagues. PAL format. British Film Institute, 1993. 153 min. total DVD X623; vhs Video/C MM439

Griffith bibliography

[Griffith, D. W.] D.W. Griffith
Contents: D.W. Griffith: the Biograph years (29 min.) - D.W. Griffith: the feature film years (27 min.) Two films which are biographical accounts of the life and work of the early motion picture producer and director, D.W. Griffith. Both films include extensive film clips from his motion pictures. The first film focuses on the films Griffith directed while working for the Biograph Company from 1908 through 1913 and includes an interview with actress Blanche Sweet. The second film reviews Griffith's work after he matured and includes an interview with Lillian Gish who comments upon her experiences acting in his films. Originally produced in 1975 for broadcast on the television program Camera Three. 56 min. total Video/C 4604

Griffith bibliography

Alice Guy-Blaché

Alice Guy Blaché : cinema pioneer / edited by Joan Simon ; with contributions by Jane Gaines ... [et al.]. New Haven, [Conn.] : Yale University Press ; New York : Whitney Museum of American Art, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.G89 A78 2009)
Guy, Alice. The memoirs of Alice Guy Blaché / translated by Roberta and Simone Blaché; edited by Anthony Slide Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow press, c1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1998.A3 G97131 1986 PN1998.3.G89 A3 1996)
Hastie, Amelie. "Circuits of memory and history: The memoirs of Alice Guy-Blaché." In: A feminist reader in early cinema / edited by Jennifer M. Bean and Diane Negra. Durham : Duke University Press, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.W6 F467 2002)
McMahan, Alison. Alice Guy Blaché: lost visionary of the cinema / Alison McMahan. New York : Continuum, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.G89 M39 2002)

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SEE ALSO America's First Women Filmmakers

[Guy-Blaché, Alice]
SEE ALSO Gaumont Treasures: 1897-1913

Alice Guy
Compilation of all the films of Alice Guy from 1907-1913, arranged by year in chronological order. Looking for Alice : A documentary on the life of Alice Guy, the first woman director in the history of cinema. Through her talents and strong character, Guy became director and producer of Gaumont Studios. In 1910, she crossed the Atlantic with her husband Herbert Blaché and founded Solaxe film studios in New Jersey. Contents: The glu pot (1907) -- Greater love hath no man (1911) -- Falling leaves (1912) -- The detective's dog (1912) -- The girl in the armchair (1912) -- The pit and the pendulum (1913) A house divided (1913) -- Matrimony speed limit (1913) -- Looking for Alice (2008). DVD X3535

La Bonne absinthe(France, 1899)
Produced by Gaumont Film Company; directed by Alice Guy 1 min. DVD X2294

The Lost Garden: The Life and Cinema of Alice Guy-Blaché.
Explores the life of pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blache, who in 1910, while married and with her first child, founded her own production company, Solax. Includes television interviews from the sixties, interviews with her relatives and film historians as well as photographs and excerpts from her films. 53 min. DVD X4590; Video/C 4743

A House Divided (1913)
Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché. A married couple decide to "live separately together." 13 min. DVD 645

Making an American Citizen (1912)
Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché. 10:47 min. DVD 9638

Matrimony's Speed Limit (1913)
Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché. A man must marry by noon or lose his inheritance. It's 11:50 a.m. and he can't find his fiancée. 14 min. DVD 645; vhs 999:1024
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The Ocean Waif(1916)
Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché. In this film parody of the Pygmalion love story the abused young woman Millie runs away and hides in a mansion that's supposed to be haunted. The next day, author Ronald Roberts arrives in search of some peace and quiet so he can complete his novel. He moves into the mansion and Millie plays ghost until he discovers her. The two of them fall in love, but Roberts is already engaged to Beatrice, who shows up in the village with a group of his friends. Dejected, Millie leaves but Roberts goes after her and eventually returns to the city with Millie as his wife. 41 min. DVD 9796

The Haunted Screen: German Film After World War One
Film critic Peter Buchka explores the German cinema of the 1920s through film clips from these mostly silent films with commentary grouped by film themes such as "Evil and how it entered the world; Dream figures from the real world; Toying with fate" and "Power leads to doom." Film excerpts from: Destiny (1921) -- The Golem: how he came into the world (1920) -- Castle Vogeloed (1921) --Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) -- Faust (1925/26) -- Metropolis (1926) -- Nosferatu: a symphony of horror (1922) -- Hands of Orlac (1924) -- Secrets of a soul (1926) -- Eyes of the Mummy Ma (1918) -- Dr. Mabuse, the gambler (1921/22) -- Madame Dubarry (1919) -- Danton (1921) -- A way to the night (1920) -- Variety (1925) -- Tartuffe (1925) -- Spies (1928) -- Last laugh (1924) -- Nibelungen (1922/24). Dist: Films Media Group. 1998. 60 min. Video/C 6904

A History of Color in Silent Films
Presents a compilation of short silent color films from their inception in 1898. Features hand painted, tinted and toned films by Pathe-Freres and other filmmakers. Contents: Life of Christ -- Nobleman's dog -- Bob's electric theatre -- Slave's love -- New ways of traveling -- David and Saul -- Death and Saul -- Anne Boleyn -- Hunting Mariboo in Abyssinia -- Haunted kitchen -- Medium wanted at son-in-law -- Abyss of Bonau -- Butterflies -- Death of Christ -- El Espectro Rojo. Video/C 999:3530

History of Motion Pictures: Early Variety Motion Pictures
Presents 47 vintage short films and clips from the early years of cinema (1903-1920). The most significant years in the development of moving pictures in the U.S. were those between 1891 and 1920, by which time the cinematographic industry had attained a definite shape and form. The early years belonged to Edison Company, until other entrepreneurs, namely the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company and the American Vitagraph Company arrived. These three East Coast companies controlled most of the industry until the 1920s. Partial content: Stealing a dinner (1903) -- Tom Tinker's pony patter / produced by Hans. A. Spanuth (1920) -- Show girl to burlesque queen (1903) -- Princess Rajah dance (1904) -- Boys think they have one foxy grandpa (1902) -- Happy hooligans (1903) -- 2 a.m. in the subway (1905) -- Fougere (1899) -- Betty Rose dance (1903) -- Ballroom tragedy (1905) -- Society raffles (1905) -- Latina, contortionist (1905) -- Three jumping Tommies / produced by Hans A. Spanuth (1920) -- Spirit of '76 (1905) -- duel scene from "By right of sword" (1904). 71 min.) DVD 4825

Hollywood 1980. 52 min. each

Hollywood. 1, The Pioneers. Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from": Wings (1927) -- Jazz singer (1927) -- The Wind (1928) -- Noah's ark (1928) -- Ben Hur (1907) -- The Black Pirate (1926)

What started as a flickering curiousity in penny arcades soon grew into an art form. In just a few short years, Hollywood began turning out spectacular silent films, with original musical scores. In 1903, The Great Train Robbery drew wildly enthusiastic audiences. Twelve Years later D.W. Griffith produced The Birth of A Nation, which provoked riots and demonstrations, brought audiences flocking and gave birth to the financial fortunes of Hollywood.DVD X1778 [preservation copy]; Video/C 6154

Hollywood. 2, In the Beginning Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from": The Squaw man (1914 -- Intolerance (1916) -- Joan the woman (1916) -- Silent heroes (1913) -- Robin Hood (1922) -- Flaming Youth (1923) -- Teddy at the throttle (1916) -- Thief of Bagdad (1924)

In 1900, Hollywood was a peaceful village with sheep, goats and pigs wandering along its dusty streets. Then filmmakers arrived in search of permanent sunshine, and changed the town forever. The silent films produced by Hollywood transcended national boundaries and languages to become the most powerful medium of mass entertainment the world had ever known. DVD X1779 [preservation copy]; Video/C 6155

Hollywood. 3, Single Beds and Double Standards Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from:" Coney Island (1917) -- The Ten Commandments (1923) -- A Woman of affairs (1928) -- Reformers (1913) -- Fatty and Mabel adrift (1916) -- Life of the party (1920) -- Isle of love (1918) -- Ella Cinders (1926)

Hollywood had become a fairy-tale city of fabulous wealth and dizzying success, when a series of scandals shattered the dream. The Fatty Arbuckle case so shocked America that producers appointed Will Hays to clean up the industry before the public's moral outrage put them all out of work. Hays encouraged "human, heartwarming pictures" and issued a strictly enforced production code designed to keep films wholesome. Hollywood had found its savior. But his price was self-imposed censorship which would rule Hollywood for forty years.DVD X1780 [preservation copy]; Video/C 6156

Hollywood. 4, Hollywood Goes to War. Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from": Hearts of the world (1918) -- The Big parade (1925) -- What price glory (1926) -- Wings (1927) -- Battle cry of peace (1915) -- Civilization (1916) -- Intolerance (1916) -- Heart of humanity (1919) -- My four years in Germany (1918) -- All quiet on the Western Front (1930)

The outbreak of World War I provided Hollywood with one of its greatest sources of plots - and profits. As the American mood shifted away from neutrality, Hollywood followed, abandoning films with pacifist themes for stories of war at the front. With the arrival of peace, war films vanished until King Vidor made The Pig Parade in 1925, followed by What Price Glory and All quiet on the Western Front.DVD X1781 [preservation copy]; Video/C 6157

Hollywood. 5, Hazard of the Game. Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from": Play safe (1923) -- The Black pirate (1926) -- Lilac time (1928)

Silent films are often remembered for their physical gags--always good for a laugh. But behind these gags lay planning, courage and skill. With the notable exception of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Harold Lloyd, stuntmen took the risks while the stars took the credit--and it was a firm rule that no stuntman could reveal the tricks of his trade. Here at last, legendary stuntmen Yakima Canutt, Harvey Parry, Bob Rose and Paul Malvern tell the hair-raising stories behind their greatest stunts. DVD X1782 [preservation copy]; Video/C 6158

Hollywood. 6, Swanson & Valentino. Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from": Sadie Thompson (1928) -- Queen Kelly (1928) -- The Sheik (1921) -- The Eagle (1925) -- Pullman bride (1917) -- Male and female (1919) -- Zaza (1923) -- Manhandled (1924) -- Stage struck (1925) -- Loves of Sunya (1927) -- Sunset Boulevard (1950) -- Four horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) -- Blood and sand (1922) -- Monsieur Beaucaire (1924) -- Son of the shiek (1926)

Two great stars personified Hollywood: Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino. She sacrificed everything for stardom. He did nothing to seek the adoration which ultimately engulfed him. Swanson recalls her meteoric rise--and fall--with remarkable candor. Valentino's brother, Alberto, helps tell the story of the young Italian who became the silver screen's Great Lover--but whose private life failed to match his public image. DVD X1783 [preservation copy]; Video/C 6159

Hollywood. 7, The Autocrats. Contents:"Includes rare footage and excerpts from": Male and female (1919) -- The Ten Commandments (1923) -- Foolish wives (1922) -- Greed (1925) -- Queen Kelly (1928) -- The cheat (1915) -- Forbidden fruit (1921) -- Manslaughter (1922) -- King of Kings (1927) -- Wedding march (1928) -- Heart of humanity (1919) -- Blind husbands (1919) -- Mery-go-round (1923) -- Merry widow (1925) -- Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Two of Hollywood's greatest directors were Cecil B. DeMille and Erich von Stroheim. But what they shared in achievement, they never shared in success. DeMille worked within the studio system; von Stroheim, against it. And while DeMille's lavish productions reaped huge profits for the studios despite the millions they cost, von Stroheim's films were doomed to be hatcheted by the studio, if even released. DVD X1784 [preservation copy]; Video/C 6160

Hollywood. 8, Comedy-- A Serious Business Contents:"Includes rare footage and excerpts from": Making a living (1913) -- The Pawnshop (1916) -- Luke's movie muddle (1916) -- The General (1926) -- Curtain pole (1909) -- The rink (1916) -- The floorwalker (1916) -- The kid (1921) -- Never weaken (1921) -- Hot water (1924) -- Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) -- One week (1920) -- Strong man (1926)

One of the first things filmmakers learned in Hollywood was how to make people laugh. Comedy was king, and battling for the throne were four box office rivals--Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon and Charlie Chaplin. In an era brimming with the visual, their comedy was the work of genius. DVD X1785 [preservation copy]; Video/C 6161

Hollywood. 9, Out West Contents: The Massacre (1912) -- The Return of Draw Egan (1916) -- Hell's hinges (1916) -- Tom's strategy (1916) -- Lady of the dugout (1918) -- Great K&A train robbery (1926) -- Straight shooting (1917) -- Covered wagon (1923) -- Iron horse (1924) -- Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)

The Old West was still there when the movies arrived. Cowboys and outlaws saw a heaven-sent chance to relive their youth--and get paid for it--by working in films. The man who really started the "Western Craze" was the Wild West showman William Cody, who made the film The life of Buffalo Bill in 1913. Tom Mix was the next western screen hero, followed by William S. Hart, who dignified the genre with films like Narrow Trail and Tumbleweeds. These films were a celebration of the West, establishing a tradition that continues to this day. DVD X1786 [preservation copy]; Video/C 6162

Hollywood. 10, The Man with the Megaphone Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from": Mare Nostrum (1926) -- Sunrise (1927) -- The Crowd (1928) -- Snow people (1928) -- Blue jeans (1917) -- Daddy long legs (1919)

Silent film directors were a flamboyant breed--pioneers who invented the art of film direction as they went along. Working conditions were chaotic. Open sets were built side by side and back to back, and live "mood" music was provided according to each star's taste. Despite deafening noise and constant distraction, directors talked their cast through every move and emotion, and from this confusion came great films. DVD X1787 [preservation copy]; Video/C 6163

Hollywood. 11, Trick of Light. Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from": Way down East (1920) -- Intolerance (1916) -- Birth of a Nation (1915) -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1926) -- The beast at bay (1912 ) -- Liquid electricity (1907) -- Children in the house (1916) -- Down to the sea in ships (1922) -- Viking (1931) -- Man that might have been (1914) -- Cheat (1915) -- Four horsemen of the apocalypse (1921) -- Enchanted cottage (1924) -- Mysterious lady (1928) -- Ella Cinders (1925) -- Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921) -- Juggernaut ( 1915) -- Robin Hood (1922) -- Ben Hur (1926)

In the early days of Hollywood, directors relied heavily on their cameramen. While their cameras may have looked primitive, when handled by a skilled craftsman, a pretty girl was transformed into a "screen goddess." Individual cameramen were invaluable to both studios and stars. With the help of art directors, they achieved some of the most amazing and dangerous sequences ever filmed. DVD X1788 [preservation copy]; Video/C 6164

Hollywood. 12, Star Treatment. Contents: "Includes rare footage and excerpts from": The Merry Widow (1925) -- The Big parade (1925) -- Flesh and the devil (1926) -- Love (1927) -- Down to the sea in ships (1922) -- Plastic age (1925) -- Dancing mothers (1926) -- Mantrap (1926) -- Children of divorce (1927) -- Hoop-la (1933) -- Temptress (1926) -- Man, woman and sin (1927) -- Hollywood review of 1929 -- His glorious night (1929) -- Redemption (1930)

Producers discovered that if they didn't have a star, they didn't have a hit. Creating stars became a business in itself, and soon, the Hollywood Star System was born. From it came such greats as Clara Bow, Lillian Gish and John Gilbert, who inherited the title "Great Lover" from Valentino. The ruining of John Gilbert's career vividly illustrates how producers could make or break a star. When Gilbert fell in love with Greta Garbo he punched Louis B. Mayer after Mayer passed a remark about her. Mayer vowed to ruin Gilbert's career--and made good on his threat. DVD X1789 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6165

Hollywood. 13, End or an Era. Contents: The Jazz singer (1927) -- Lilac time (1928) -- Lights of New York (1928) -- Anna Christie (1930) -- So this is Paris (1926) -- A movie star (1916) -- De forest phonofilm (1922) -- King on Main Street (1925) -- Theodore Case test (1925) -- Stage struck (1925) -- Old ironsides (1926) -- Witt & Berg (1926) -- Don Juan (1926) -- Singing fool (1928) -- Peacock Alley (1929) -- Sky hawk (1929) -- Black watch (1929) -- Iron mask (1929) -- Four sons (1928) -- Showgirl in Hollywood (1930)

Throughout the early to mid-twenties, more and more films were made with synchronized sound and music, but it wasn't until 1927 that Warner Brothers gambled on talking pictures with "The Jazz singer". From that moment on, all that had shaped and created Hollywood was utterly transformed. Talking pictures were here to stay, and the art of silent filmmaking--along with many of the stars, directors and producers devoted to it--were sacrificed to technology. DVD X1790 [preservation copy]; Video/C 6166

Hollywood Chronicles. c1991. Each feature 25 min.

Censorship - The Unseen Cinema; Sex in the Movies. Contents: Censorship - The Unseen Cinema (25 min.): chronicles the struggle in Hollywood for artistic freedom. From sex to drugs to propaganda, Hollywood has always been under fire from those who wish to control the content of films. Sex in the Movies (25 min.): looks at the role of sex and sexual innuendo in film. Sex symbols Theda Bara, Clara Bow, Marilyn Monroe and others lured audiences to the theatre and continued the tradition of sex in the movies. 50 min. Video/C 8262

Poverty Row; The New Rebels. Contents: Poverty Row (25 min.): the story of the "B" movies, the low budget films and serials of yesteryear. These low budget pictures were the vehicles that launched many actors to stardom and the studios they worked have a rich history that is unfolded here. The New Rebels (25 min.): looks at the maverick directors and producers of Hollywood. D. W. Griffith, Orson Welles are the focus and some of today's "rebels" including David Lynch, Stanley Kramer and Paul Bartel. 50 min. Video/C 8263

Houdini, the Movie Star
DVD 9731

Terror Island (1920)
Directed by James Cruze. Cast: Harry Houdini, Lila Lee, Jack Brammall, Eugene Pallette. A swashbuckling inventor steers his high-tech submarine to a forbidden tropical isle to rescue the father of the woman he loves. The plot, such as it is, involves a ship of sunken pearls, a South Seas trader held hostage for the return of the idol's eye, human sacrifice, and a most peculiar tribe of Polynesians, in which the men are all African Americans and the women are blondes. 55 min.
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Haldane of the Secret Service (1923)
Directed by Harry Houdini. Cast: Harry Houdini, Gladys Leslie, William Humphrey. Heath Haldane is an undercover operative assigned to infiltrate a band of counterfeiters within the dark alleys of New York's Chinatown. Narrowly missing death several times, he must rescue Adele Ormsby, whom he loves despite her pending marriage. Special feature: The grim game (fragment, 1919, 5 min.) / written by Arthur B. Reeve and John Grey ; directed by Irving Willat -- Filmed records of Houdini escapes (1907-ca. 1923); the illusion "Metamorphosis," performed by Houdini's brother Hardeen; 1914 audio recording of Houdini introducing his "Water Torture Cell;" "Slippery Jim" 1910 comedy short inspired by Houdini; image gallery; new film notes. 84 min.
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The Man From Beyond (1922)
Directed by Burton L. King. Cast: Harry Houdini, Nita Naldi, Jane Connelly. Howard Hillary is a man frozen in the Arctic. He returns to civilization 100 years later to reclaim the love of his life, reincarnated in the body of a young woman. Filmed in large part at and about Lake Placid in New York, and Niagara Falls to the brink of which the stalwart Hillary is whirled in his efforts to save his lady love. 68 min.
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The Master of Mystery(1922)
Directed by Burton L. King. Cast: Harry Houdini, Marguerite Marsh, Jack Burns, Ruth Stonehouse, Charles Graham. A motion picture serial starring Houdini as government agent Quentin Locke who infiltrates a corrupt patents company, only to run into the gleaming terror of its robot protector, the Automaton. In order to save the beautiful Eva Brent and find a cure for the dreaded Madagascar Madness, Locke suffers an inhuman array of tortures and physical restraints. He is chained, tied with barbared wire, padlocked in a crate and thrown in the water, tied beneath a descending elevator, strapped to an electric chair, and bound in an elaborate Oriental torture chamber. Special features: An examination of scenes deleted by the New York Censor Board; image gallery; new film notes. Chapter titles: Disc 1. (1) Living Death -- (2) The Iron Terror -- (3) The Water Peril -- (4) The Test -- (5) The Chemist's Shop -- (6) The Mad Genius -- (7) Barbed Wire -- (9) The Madagascan Madness -- (11) The Net -- (12) The Death Noose -- Disc. 2 (13) The Flash of Death -- (14) The Tangled Web -- (15) Bound at Last [or] The Unmasking of the Automaton. 238 min.
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The Jazz Singer(1927)
Directed by Alan Crosland. Cast: Al Jolson, Mary McAvoy, Warner Oland, William Demarest, Eugenie Besserer, Otto Lederer, Josef Rosenblatt. Jakie Rabinowitz is the son of a Jewish cantor. Turning his back on family tradition, Jakie transforms himself into cabaret-entertainer Jack Robin. When Jack comes home to visit his parents, he is warmly greeted by his mother, but is given the cold-shoulder by his father, who feels that Jack is a traitor to his heritage by singing jazz music. On the eve of his biggest show business triumph, Jack receives word that his father is dying. Out of respect, Jack foregoes his opening night to attend Atonement services at the temple and sings the Kol Nidre in his father's place. In motion picture history, this marks the first feature film to utilize synchronous sound. Actor Al Jolson's songs include "Toot, toot, tootsie", "Blue skies", and "Mammy". Special features: Disc 1: Commentary by Ron Hutchinson, founder of The Vitaphone Projects and Nighthawks Bandleader Vince Giordano; vintage Al Jolson short films: "A plantation act," "An intimate dinner in celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee," "Hollywood handicap," and "A day at Santa Anita" ; radio show adaptation and movie trailer gallery; classic homage cartoon "I love to singa" which features a jazz-singing Owl Jolson. DVD 8594
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The Jazz Singer: Astonishing Rarities
A collection of 24 rare, historic Vitaphone comedy and music shorts starring the greats of Vaudeville and the early sound era, many recently recovered and restored after being lost. 1. Elsie Janis in a vaudeville act: "Behind the lines." (7 min.) -- 2. Bernardo de Pace: "The wizard of the mandolin." (10 min.) -- 3. Van and Schenck: "The pennant winning battery of songland." (9 min.) -- 4. Blossom Seeley and Bennie Fields with the music boxes (9 min.) -- 5. Hazel Green & Company (8 min.) -- 6. The night court (9 min.) -- 7. The police quartette (8 min.) -- 8. Ray Mayer & Edith Evans in "Where East meets West" (9 min.) -- 9. Edele Rowland: "Stories in song" (9 min.) -- 10. Stoll, Flynn & Company "The Jazz mania quartet" (10 min.) -- 11. The Ingenues: "The band beautiful" (9 min.) -- 12. Foy Family in "Chips of the old block" (7 min.) -- 13. Dick Rich & His Melodious Monarchs (10 min.) -- 14. Gus Arnheim and his Ambassadors (9 min.) -- 15. Shaw & Lee: "The Beau Brummels" (8 min.) -- 16. The roof garden revue / directed by Larry Ceballos (9 min.) -- 17. Trixie Friganza in "My bag o' tricks" (10 min.) -- 18. Green's Twentieth Century Faydetts (6 min.) -- 19. Sol Violinsky: "The eccentric entertainer" (7 min.) -- 20. Ethel Sinclair and Marge La Marr: "At the seashore" (8 min.) -- 21. Paul Tremaine and his Aristocrats (9 min) -- 22. Baby Rose Marie: "The child wonder" (8 min.) -- 23. Burns & Allen in "Lambchops" (8 min.) -- 24. Joe Frisco in "The happy hottentots." (10 min.) DVD 8594: disc 2

The Jazz Singer: How Movies Learned to Talk
Feature-length documentary on the development of sound technology by Thomas Edison, and Lee De Forest and others that eventually evolved into talking motion pictures. Looks at the role of the Vitaphone System and Warner Bros. who pioneered the first sound films. Includes excerpts from early feature and documentary sound films with commentary by experts in the motion picture field. 84 min. DVD 8594: disc 1

The Jazz Singer: The Early Sound Era
Contents: Gold Diggers of Broadway [2 excerpts] / Warner Brothers Pictures ; director, Roy del Ruth ; scenario-dialogue by Robert Lord (16 min. 1929) --The voice from the screen / Vitaphone presents ; by Edward B. Craft (1926, 16 min.) -- Finding his voice / story by W.E. Erpi; directed by F. Lyle Goldman and Max Fleischer (1929, 10 min.) -- The voice that thrilled the world / Warner Brothers ; directed by Jean Negulesco (1943, 18 min.) -- Okay for sound / Warner Brothers. ; Vitaphone Corp. (1956, 20 min.) -- When the talkies were young / Warner Bros. ; Vitaphone Corp. ; produced and written by Robert Youngson (1955, 20 min.) Gold diggers of Broadway: Two excerpts from an early musical talkie originally considered lost. Voice from the screen: Edward B. Craft describes the development and potential of the Vitaphone process; the first successful sound recording for motion pictures. Includes a tour of the Vitaphone Studio and one of the first sound stages ever built. Finding his voice: A 1929 animated cartoon schronized to voice & sound which illustrates how sound is added to a motion picture. Voice that thrilled the world: A documentary with early talkie film clips about the development of sound in motion pictures. Okay for sound: Traces the development of sound in the motion picture industry with cameo appearances by Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Errol Flynn. When the talkies were young: Film segments from talkies with a focus on actors and actresses in the very first years of sound films. DVD 8594: disc 3

[Keaton, Buster]
SEE ALSO Listing of Keaton Films in MRC

[Keaton, Buster] Buster Keaton, A Hard Act to Follow.
A three part series spanning 60 years, following the astonishing career of Buster Keaton. Written and produced by Kevin Brownlow, David Gill and Raymond Rohauer. Originally produced in Great Britain by Thames Television. 1987.

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Part 1: From Vaudeville to Movies. Buster Keaton made his screen debut in 1917. With his deadpan expression and incredible stuntwork, he quickly became an audience favorite, moving from co-starring roles in two-reelers to feature-length comedies. In 1924, he released his brilliant film The Navigator, and claimed his place with Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin as one of the three masters of screen comedy. Includes extensive scenes from his films with commentary by Keaton and his associates. 52 min. Video/C 9280

Part 2: Star Without a Studio. Successful, wealthy and world renowned, Buster Keaton was one of the top stars of the twenties. He released his comic masterpiece The General in 1926. But when his contract was sold to MGM and he lost creative control of his films, his fortunes began to slip. Fights with his producers and marital problems pushed him over the edge into alcoholism and unemployment. Includes extensive scenes from his films with commentary by Keaton and his associates. 52 min. Video/C 9281

Part 3: A Genius Recognized In the 1930s Keaton returned to MGM as a gag writer, but rediscovery of his work in 1949 by film critic James Agee transformed his life, sparking a revival of his films and a series of guest shots and television appearances. Includes footage of the movie, The Buster Keaton story, and his appearances at the Cirque Medrano in Paris, on the television programs the Ken Murray Show, This is your life, Candid Camera and The Buster Keaton Show. Includes extensive scenes from his films and television appearances with commentary by Keaton and his associates. 52 min. Video/C 9282

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[Keaton, Buster] Buster Keaton Rides Again
Buster Keaton rides again: A documentary about the life and film career of Buster Keaton with emphasis on the making of "The railrodder." An absorbing portrait of one of the world's comic greats, it shows Keaton relaxing, telling yarns and plotting the next day's action with considerable flair despite his 70 years. When he recalls gags he employed in the past, the old scenes are replayed on the film. 1965. 80 min. DVD 1401

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[Keaton, Buster] Keaton Plus
Lesser known short films of Buster Keaton. Includes: Interview with Keaton -- Silent echoes: Interactive maps, Case study: The General, Case study: Cops, Tour of Keaton's L.A. -- Tributes: This is your life, Orson Welles introduces The General, Lillian Gish introduces College, Gloria Swanson introduces The General -- Photo gallery: Family photos, Vaudeville, portraits, production stills, special effects, the later years. DVD 2209

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[Keaton, Buster] The Metaphysics of Buster Keaton
Film critic Andrew Sarris explores the artistry of Buster Keaton, both as an actor and as a film-maker, and discusses the preservation of Keaton's work with film historian Raymond Rohauer. Includes actual footage of Keaton's best to explore the dynamics that made slapstick film a universal art form. Produced in 1970 for broadcast on the television program Camera Three. 28 min. Video/C 4607

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Keepers of the Frame
Examines the history, science and struggles of film preservation with interviews with those who are dedicated to saving this precious art form. With the loss of over 90% of silent films and 50% of sound films ever made the emphasis is on the need to preserve as much film as possible of every kind, from newsreels to home movies, as a record of life in the 20th century. Director/co-producer, Mark McLaughlin.2000. 70 min. Video/C 8592

Landmarks of Early Film. [Pt.1]
A compilation of the very earliest films from the first projections of moving images to the advent of the feature film, an area of film history often underseen, underappreciated and understudied. Contents: Actualities (1897-1910) -- The great train robbery (1903) -- The whole dam family and the dam dog (1905) -- The golden beetle (1907) -- The policemen's little run (1907) -- Troubles of a grasswidower (1908) -- Nero, or The fall of Rome (1909) -- Winsor McCay and his animated pictures (1911) -- The girl and her trust (1912) -- Bangville police (1913). DVD 277

Landmarks of Early Film. The Magic of Méliès
A collection of M`elies films along with a documentary view of the filmmaker's life. Integrating rare photographs, early drawings and numerous motion picture clips, this film charts his life from shoe factory worker to proprietor of Paris' mystical Theatre Robert-Houdin where Melies learned the skills to become a cinematic illusionist and developed an interest in the supernatural that would influence some of his later work. Contents: L'Eclipse -- Le voyage a travers L'Impossible -- The untamable whiskers -- The cook in trouble -- Tehin-Chao: the Chinese conjuror -- The wonderful living fan -- The mermaid -- The living playing cards -- The black imp -- The enchanted sedan chair -- The scheming gambler's paradise -- The hilarious posters -- The mysterious retort -- The eclipse (The courtship of Sun and Moon) -- Good glue sticks -- Long distance wireless photography. Includes documentary "Georges Méliès: cinema magician" by Patrick Montgomery and Luciano Martinengo, c1978. DVD 278

The Last Diva: Italy's Most Famous Silent Film Star
A documentary portrait of the Italian silent screen actress Francesca Bertini, with scenes from many of her classic films and interviews with notables of the Italian cinema such as the late Sergio Leone. Director, Gianfranco Mingozzi. 1982. 85 min. DVD 4575

Library of Congress Video Collection

The Origins of Film. African American Cinema I ; African American Cinema II Pt. 1. African American cinema I (78 min.): Within our gates / Oscar Micheaux (1919) -- Pt. 2. African American cinema II (79 min.): The scar of shame / Frank Perugini (1926) -- Early sound short, Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake (1923) Piano score composed and performed by Philip Carli; series production, English titles for Within Our Gates, and liner notes by Scott Simon. African American cinema I: Within our gates: Tells the story of a young African-American who seeks a Northern white patron for a Southern school for Black children. African American cinema II: Scar of shame: An aspiring middle-class black composer marries a woman to rescue her from the ghetto but soon comes to shun her lower-class status. Sissle and Blake: A short film of the entertainment team of Noble Sissle (on vocals) and Eubie Blake (on piano). DVD 643; vhs (African American Cinema I) Video/C 999:1019; Video/C 999:1023 (African American Cinema II)

Origins of American Animation, 1900-1921; Origins of the Fantasy Feature Pt. 1. Origins of American animation (1900-1921) (83 min.): Enchanted drawing--Fun in a bakery shop--Humorous phases of funny faces--Keeping up with the Joneses (Women's styles)--Keeping up with the Joneses (Men's styles)-- Dreamy Dud--Us fellers--Bobby Bumps starts a lodge--Krazy Kat goes a-wooing--Krazy Kat bugologist-- Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the circus--Phable of a busted romance--Phable of the phat woman--Never again! The story of a speeder cop--Mr. Nobody home--Mary and Gretel--Dinosaur and the missing link--W.S.S. Thriftettes--AWOL or all wrong old laddiebuck--Katzenjammer kids--Gertie on tour (fragment)--Centaurs (fragment)--Tony Sarg's almanac. -- Pt. 2. Origins of the fantasy feature (130 min): The Patchwork girl of Oz (1914)--Florida enchantment (1914). Piano score composed and performed by Philip Carli; series production, English titles for Within Our Gates, and liner notes by Scott Simon. Origins of American animation: 21 complete films (and two fragments) which are samples of early animated cartoons from the first decades of this century. Origins of the fantasy feature: Patchwork Girl of Oz: Fairy tale about munchkins in the land of Oz. A Florida enchantment: An unusual fable about a women who discovers magic seeds that transform women into men (and men into women). DVD 644; vhs Video/C 999:1021 (Origins of American Animation); Video/C 999:1022 (Fantasy Feature)

America's First Women Filmmakers; Origins of the Gangster Film. Pt. 1. America's first women filmmakers (111 min.): How men propose / Lois Weber -- Matrimony's speed limit / Alice Guy-Blache -- A house divided / Alice Guy-Blache -- Two wise wives / Lois Weber. -- Pt. 2. Origins of the gangster film (82 min.): Narrow road / D.W. Griffith -- Alias Jimmy Valentine / Maurice Tourneur. Piano score composed and performed by Philip Carli; series production, English titles for Within Our Gates, and liner notes by Scott Simon. America's first women filmmakers: How men propose: A comedy of reversed gender expectations. Matrimony's speed limit: a young businessman thinks he must marry before noon in order to inherit a fortune. A House divided: An estranged husband and wife agree to live separately together with comic results. Too wise wives: A satire about society and woman's place in it. Origins of the gangster film: Narrow road: About an ex-convict torn between the devotion of a good woman and the lure of his criminal pals. Alias Jimmy Valentine: A remarkably realistic tale of bank heists and prison life. DVD 645; vhs Video/C 999:1024 (America's First Women Filmmakers only)

[Lloyd, Harold]
SEE ALSO Listing of Lloyd Films in MRC

[ Lloyd, Harold] Harold Lloyd.
Presents a guided tour through the life and work of Harold Lloyd by Leonard Maltin; interviews with celebrities and friends; vintage Harold Lloyd interviews and home movies; video biographies of Lloyd's collaborators; photo and publicity galleries; Lloyd's Academy Award speech; USC's Delta Kappa Alpha tribute; audio clips from radio segments. 180 min. DVD 6210

The Lost Reels of Pancho Villa (Los rollos perdidos de Pancho Villa)
Intrigued by the legendary Mexican military leader Pancho Villa's little-known relationship with Hollywood, filmmaker and sleuth Gregorio Rocha goes on a search for lost footage that Villa commissioned from the American Mutual Film Company in 1914, allowing cameramen to follow him into war. The footage includes some of the first battle scenes captured in "moving pictures." Rocha documents his encounters as he scours the film vaults and back rooms of institutions across North America and Europe for the seven reels of film that immortalized Villa. His research unveils a legacy of fictional and documentary depictions of Villa dating from the silent film era, revealing a world unsure whether to venerate or to fear this imposing figure and the forces of popular revolution that he embodied. Written and directed by Gregorio Rocha. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2003. 49 min. Video/C MM1258

[Lubitsch, Ernst] Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin: From Schonhauser Allee to Hollywood
Documents the life of the filmmaker from his birth in 1892 to his departure for Hollywood in 1923. Includes interviews and excerpts from Lubitsch's rarely-seen early work (both as actor and director) and offers fascinating insights into the German film industry in the silent era. Written and directed by Robert Fischer. 2006 109 min. DVD 8874

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[ Lumière, Auguste and Louis] The Lumière Brothers' First Films
A look at the birth of the motion picture through 85 of the more than 1,500 films made by the Lumière Brothers between 1895 and 1897. These films include views of Moscow, New York, Paris, Saigon, and Jerusalem, vignettes of life in France, and comedy shorts. DVD 25; vhs 999:1678

[ Lumière, Auguste and Louis] Lumière Brothers: Les Pionniers du Cinema Francais. Volume I.
Employees leaving Lumière Factory -- Arrival of Express at Lyons -- Friendly party in the garden of Lumière -- Feeding the baby -- Boys sailing boats, Tuilleries Gardens, Paris -- The falling wall -- Baths at Milan, Italy -- French dragoons -- Gondola party -- Sack race -- Military review, Hungary --German hussars jumping fences -- Feeding the swans -- Boiler loading -- Le voyage dans le lune (1902) -- A la conquete du Pole (1912) -- The gipsy's warning -- Kingdom of the Fairies (1903). Video/C DVD 7794 [preservation copy]; vhs 999:353

[Lumière, Auguste and Louis] Landmarks of Early Film
Lumière Films (1895-1897) DVD 277

[Lumière, Auguste and Louis] Les Pionniers du Cinema Francais, Volume 1
Employees leaving Lumière Factory -- Arrival of Express at Lyons -- Friendly party in the garden of Lumière -- Feeding the baby -- Boys sailing boats, Tuilleries Gardens, Paris -- The falling wall -- Baths at Milan, Italy -- French dragoons -- Gondola party -- Sack race -- Military review, Hungary --German hussars jumping fences -- Feeding the swans -- Boiler loading DVD 7794 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 999:353

[ Lumière, Auguste and Louis]
See also: The Movies Begin

Lon Chaney Collection
Disc one: The ace of hearts (1921) / writers, Gouverneur Morris, Ruth Wightman ; director, Wallace Worsley -- Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928) / producer, Irving Thalbert ; writers, David Belasco, Tom Cushing ; director, Herbert Brenon. Disc two: The unknown (1927) / writers, Tod Browning, Waldemar Young ; director, Tod Browning -- Lon Chaney: a thousand faces (2000) -- London after midnight (1927) / reconstruction by Rick Schmidlin. [The ace of hearts] Director of photography, Don Short ; art director, Cedric Gibbons ; music, Vivek Maddala. [Laugh, clown, laugh] Director of photography, James Wong Howe ; editor, Marie Halvey ; music, H. Scott Salinas. [The unknown] Director of photography, Merritt B. Gerstad ; editor, Harry Reynolds, Errol Taggart. Cast: [The ace of hearts] Lon Chaney, Joy Leatrice, John Bowers. [Laugh, Clown, Laugh] Lon Chaney, Bernard Siegel, Loretta Young. [The unknown] Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford. Presents three of Chaney's major silent theatrical works, a documentary about Chaney and a photo reconstruction of the lost film "London after midnight." Ace of hearts: A secret group decides to murder a citizen; the member who draws the Ace of Hearts will be the assassin. But things don't go as planned in this morality tale of intrigue, love and the sacrifice of one man (Chaney) Laugh, clown, laugh: Chaney is the circus clown who delights crowds with his performances, all the while coping with the heartache of a love that cannot be. The Unknown: Chaney throws knives for a living -- with his feet, because he is supposedly armless. Joan Crawford is his assistant who, fearful of the touch of any man's hand, fancies him. Perhaps Chaney's most bizarre work. Lon Chaney, a thousand faces: A screen biography of Chaney's life and career including rare footage, archival photos and insightful commentary from co-stars and historians. London after midnight: A presumed suicide could be a case of murder -- or maybe the supposed victim is alive! Chaney plays the dual roles of a Scotland Yard sleith and a vampire in this offbeat mix of horror and whodunit. DVD 2359

[ Lumière, Auguste and Louis] The Lumière Brothers' First Films
A look at the birth of the motion picture through 85 of the more than 1,500 films made by the Lumière Brothers between 1895 and 1897. These films include views of Moscow, New York, Paris, Saigon, and Jerusalem, vignettes of life in France, and comedy shorts. DVD 25; vhs 999:1678

[ Lumière, Auguste and Louis] Lumière Brothers: Les Pionniers du Cinema Francais. Volume I.
Employees leaving Lumière Factory -- Arrival of Express at Lyons -- Friendly party in the garden of Lumière -- Feeding the baby -- Boys sailing boats, Tuilleries Gardens, Paris -- The falling wall -- Baths at Milan, Italy -- French dragoons -- Gondola party -- Sack race -- Military review, Hungary --German hussars jumping fences -- Feeding the swans -- Boiler loading -- Le voyage dans le lune (1902) -- A la conquete du Pole (1912) -- The gipsy's warning -- Kingdom of the Fairies (1903). Video/C DVD 7794 [preservation copy]; vhs 999:353

[Lumière, Auguste and Louis] Landmarks of Early Film
Lumière Films (1895-1897) DVD 277

[Lumière, Auguste and Louis] Les Pionniers du Cinema Francais, Volume 1
Employees leaving Lumière Factory -- Arrival of Express at Lyons -- Friendly party in the garden of Lumière -- Feeding the baby -- Boys sailing boats, Tuilleries Gardens, Paris -- The falling wall -- Baths at Milan, Italy -- French dragoons -- Gondola party -- Sack race -- Military review, Hungary --German hussars jumping fences -- Feeding the swans -- Boiler loading DVD 7794 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 999:353

[ Lumière, Auguste and Louis]
See also: The Movies Begin

Lyrical Nitrate.
A tribute to early cinema, constructed from old color tinted and toned nitrate films produced between 1905 and 1915. These are silent films with soundtrack added from old recordings, ranging from Caruso to the sounds of a glass harmonica. In Dutch with English subtitles. 48 min. DVD 4523; also VHS Video/C 3998

[ Méliès, Georges] Georges Méliès, First Wizard of Cinema
A collection of rare and rediscovered original films by Georges Méliès. This disc contains films produced in 1899 including 9 films on the Dreyfus affair. Melies, a successful magician, began investigating film as a medium of trickery in 1896. Through inventive optical effects and elaborate sets and props, he discovered how to make objects and people appear, disappear and grow larger and smaller. While best known for his fantastic tales, Melies also produced witty advertising films and re-stagings of actual events. Accompanied by a guide with DVD filmography and essays by Norman McLaren and John Frazer.

Disc 1, Films 1899: Films 1899: L'illusionniste fin de siècle = The conjurer (0:58 min.) -- Diable au couvent = Devil in a convent (3:09) -- Danse du feu = Pillar of fire (1:04) -- Portrait mysterieux = Mysterious portrait (1:06) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, la dictee du bordereau = Dreyfus court martial, the arrest of Dreyfus (1:07) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, a l'ile du diable = Dreyfus: Devil's Island, within the palisade (1:04) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, mise aux fers de Dreyfus = Dreyfus put in irons (1:05) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, suicide du Colonel Henry = Dreyfus: suicide of Colonel Henry (1:07) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, debarquement à Quiberon = Landing of Dreyfus at Quiberon (0:57 min.) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, entrevue de Dreyfus et de sa femme à Rennes = Dreyfus meets his wife at Rennes (1:04) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, attentat contre Maitre Labori = Dreyfus: the attempt against the life of Maitre Labori (1:01) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, bagarre entre journalistes = Dreyfus: the fight of reporters (1:07 ) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, Le conseil de guerre en seance à Rennes = Dreyfus: the court martial at Rennes (2:11) -- Cendrillon = Cinderella (5:41) -- Le Chevalier mystère = Mysterious knight (1:32)DVD 9625

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Disc 2, Films 1903 [Pt. 1] Films 1903: Guirlande merveilleuse = Marvellous wreath (3:54 min.) -- Malheur n'arrive jamais seul = Misfortune never comes alone (2:58) -- Cake-walk infernal = Infernal cake-walk (5:19) -- Boite à malice = Mysterious box (2:08) -- Puits fantastique = Enchanted well (3:36) -- L'Auberge du bon repos = Inn where no man rests (5:00) -- Statue animee = Drawing lesson (2:33) -- Le Sorcier = Witch's revenge (3:22) -- L'oracle de Delphes = Oracle of Delphi (1:34) -- Portrait Spirite = Spiritualistic photographer (2:18) -- Le Melomane = The melomaniac (2:48) -- Le Monstre = The monster (2:29)

Disc 2, Films 1903 [Pt. 2]Films 1903: Royaume des fees = Kingdom of fairies (16:30 min.) -- Chaudron infernal = Infernal calderon (1:45) -- Le Revenant = Apparitions (2:39) -- Tonnerre de Jupiter = Jupiter's Thunderballs (3:32) -- Parapluie fantastique = Ten ladies in an umbrella (3:01) -- Tom Tight et Dum Dum = Jack Jaggs and Dum Dum (2:36) -- Bob Kick, l'enfant terrible = Bob Kick the mischievous kid (2:02) -- Illusions funambulesques = Extraordinary Illusions (2:10) -- L'enchanteur Alcofribas = Alcofribas, the master magician (3:41) -- Jack et Jim = Comical conjuring (2:47) -- Lanterne magique = Magic lantern (4:56) -- Reve du maitre de ballet = Ballet master's dream (2:42) -- Faust aux enfers = Damnation of Faust (6:42) DVD 9625

Disc 2, Films 1904 Films 1904: Bourreau turc = Terrible Turkish executioner (2:25 min.) -- Clair de la lune ou Pierrot malheureux = Moonlight serenade (2:57) -- Prete pour un rendu = Tit for tat (2:00) -- Coffre enchante = Bewitched trunk (3:01) -- Roi du maquillage = Untamable whiskers (2:42) -- Reve de l'horloger = Clockmaker's dream (2:41) -- Transmutations imperceptibles = Imperceptible transmutations (1:55) -- Miracle sous l'Inquisition = Miracle under the Inquisition (2:23) -- Damnation du Docteur Faust = Faust and Marguerite (4:28) -- Thaumaturge chinois = Tchin-Chao, the Chinese conjurer (3:31) -- Merveilleux eventail vivant = Wonderful living fan (3:23) -- Sorcellerie culinaire = Cook in trouble (4:31) -- Planche du diable = Devilish prank (1:43) -- Sirène = Mermaid (4:08) -- Voyage à travers l'impossible = Impossible voyage (20:13) -- Court-Metrage Mes films La Cascade de feu = Firefall (2:50) DVD 9625

Disc 3, Films 1905 Films 1905: Cartes vivantes = Living playing cards (2:52 min.) -- Diable noir = Black imp (4:02) -- Phenix ou le coffret de cristal = Magic dice (1:11) -- Menuet lilliputien = Lilliputian minuet (0:52) -- Palais des mille et une nuits = Palace of the Arabian Nights (21:05) -- Compositeur toque = Crazy composer (4:36) -- Chaise à porteurs enchantee = Enchanted sedan chair (3:19) -- Raid Paris: Carlo en deux heures = Adventurous automobile trip (10:17) -- Feu d'artifice improvise = Unexpected fireworks (3:04) -- Legende de Rip Van Winckle = Rip's dream (14:15) DVD 9625

Disc 3, Films 1906 Films 1906: Tripot clandestin = Scheming gamblers' paradise (3:07) -- Chute de cinq etages = Mix-up in the gallery (2:37) -- Jack le ramoneur = Chimney sweep (10:06) -- Maestro do-mi-sol-do = Luny musician (3:35) -- Cardeuse de matelas = Tramp and the mattress makers (4:15) -- Affiches en goguette = Hilarious poster (3:26) -- Les Incendiaires = Desperate crime (7:26) -- L'anarchie chez Guignol = Punch and Judy (0:26) -- L'hotel des voyageurs de commerce ou les suites d'une bonne cuite = Roadside inn (3:31) -- Bulles de savon vivantes = Soap bubbles (3:40) -- Quatre cents farces du diable = Merry frolics of Satan (17:00) -- L'alchimiste Parafaragaramus ou la cornue infernale = Mysterious retort (3:25) -- Fee Carabosse ou le poignard fatal = The witch (11:57) DVD 9625

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Disc 4, Films 1907 Films 1907: Douche d'eau bouillante = Rogues' tricks (4:09 min.) -- Fromages automobiles = Skipping cheeses (4:12) -- Tunnel sous la Manche ou le cauchemar anglo-francais = Tunnelling the English Channel (14:34) -- Eclipse de soleil en pleine lune = Eclipse, or the courtship of the Sun and Moon (9:17) -- Pauvre John ou les aventures d'un buveur de whisky = Sightseeing through whisky (5:35) -- Colle universelle = Good glue sticks (5:10) -- Ali Barbouyou et Ali Bouf à l'huile = Delirium in a studio (1:36) DVD 9625

Disc 4, Films 1908 [Pt. 1] Films 1908: Tambourin fantastique = Knight of black art (5:50 min.) -- Cuisine de l'ogre = The Bogie Man's cave (5:12) -- Il y a un dieu pour les ivrognes = Good luck of a souse (3:45) -- Torches humaines = Justinian's human torches 548 A.D. (2:56) -- Genie du feu = Genii of fire (4:33) -- Why that actor was late (5:43) -- Reve d'un fumeur d'opium = Dream of an opium fiend (5:07) -- Photographie electrique àdistance = Long distance wireless photography (6:09) -- Prophetesse de Thèbes = Prophetess of Thebes (1:42) -- Salon de coiffure = In the barber shop (2:56) -- Nouveau seigneur du village = New lord of the village (8:43) -- L'avare = The miser (4:50) -- Conseil du Pipelet / un tour à la foire = Side show wrestlers (7:34) -- Lully ou le violon brise = Broken violin (3:13) -- Les Patineurs = Woes of roller skates (7:02) -- Amour et melasse = His first job (5:07) DVD 9625

Disc 4-5, Films 1908 [Pt. 2] Films 1908: Mesaventures d'un photographe = Mischances of a photographer (3:20 min.) -- Fakir de Singapour = Indian sorcerer ( 5:08) -- Tricky painter's fate (3:48) -- French interpreter policeman = French cops learning English (7:15) -- Anaic ou le balafre = Not guilty (9:59) -- Pour l'etoile S.V.P. = Buncoed stage Johnnie (1:30) -- Conte de la grand-mère et reve de l'enfant = Grandmother's story (5:12) -- Hallucinations pharmaceutiques ou le truc du potard = Pharmaceutical hallucinations (13:28) -- La Bonne bergère et la mauvaise princesse = Good sheperdess and the evil princess (13:31) -- [Unidentified] (1:30 ) DVD 9625

Disc 5, Films 1909-1913 Locataire diabolique = Diabolic tenant (1909, 7:01 min.) -- Les Illusions fantaisistes = Whimsical illusions (1909, 4:45) -- Les Hallucinations du Baron de Munchausen = Baron Munchausen's dream (1911, 10:31) -- A la conquete du pole = Conquest of the pole (1912, 30:22) -- Cendrillon ou la pantoufle merveilleuse = Cinderella (1912, 23:45) -- Chevalier des neiges = Knight of the snow (1912, 16:01) -- Voyage de la famille Bourrichon = Voyage of the Bourrichon family (1913, 15:23) DVD 9625

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[ Méliès, Georges] The Magic of Méliès.
This forth program highlights fifteen fantastic works by the cinema's first special effects wizard, Georges Méliès. Contents: Untamable whiskers (1904) -- Cook in trouble (1904) - Tehin-Chao: the Chinese conjuror (1904) -- Wonderful living fan (1904) -- Mermaid (1904) -- Living playing cards (1905) -- Black imp (1905) -- Enchanted sedan chair (1905) -- Scheming gambler's paradise (1905) -- Hilarious posters (1906) -- Mysterious retort (1906) -- Courtship of Sun and Moon (1907) -- Good glue sticks (1907) -- Long distance wireless photography (1908) -- Impossible voyage (1904) -- Georges Méliès: cinema magician (1978) DVD 1099; vhs Video/C 999:1009

[ Méliès, Georges] Méliès le cinemagicien ( Méliès the magician) (1898-1909)
Contents: Magic of Méliès (La magie Méliès, 130 min.): Documentary film about the life and work of film pioneer Georges Méliès including interviews with historians and witnesses. Uses archival footage, film excerpts and reconstructions to reveal the life, art, and unique techniques of the legendary film pioneer. Méliès' innovations, including special effects, hand-tinting, backdrops, and costumes, profoundly shaped the course of film history. Méliès magic show: 15 short films of George Méliès, introduced by his grandaughter in front of an audience. These are: -- Une seance Méliès= Méliès' magic show (55 min): Four troublesome heads (1898); Trip to the moon (1902); Infernal cakewalk (1903); Scheming gambler's paradise (1905); Music lover (1903); Infernal boiling pot (1903); Man with the rubber head (1901); Living playing cards (1904); Hilarious posters (1905); Devilish tenant (1909); Untameable whiskers (1904); Imperceptible transmutations (1904); Bluebeard (1901); Fat and lean wrestling match (1900); One-man band (1900). 185 minutes total running time. DVD 1044

[Méliès, Georges] More Méliès
Contents: The inn where no man rests -- Spiritualist photographer -- The kingdom of fairies -- The magic lantern -- Clock-maker's dream -- The cook in trouble -- The Bob kick (a.k.a. Mischievous kid) -- The Oracle of Delphi -- Drawing lesson -- Jupiter's Thunderbolt -- The Mermaid. DVD 7796 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 999:610

Watch George Melies' "Clock-maker's Dream" (Le rêve de l'horologer, 1904)online

[Méliès, Georges] Méliès Encore: New Discoveries (1896-1911)
Features 26 films produced by Georges Méliès between 1896 and 1911, plus two films in the Méliès style by Segundo de Chomon for Pathé, which for many years were misidentified as Méliès films. Some films are color tinted or have elaborate hand or stencil colors. Contents Défense d'afficher -- Post no bills (1897) -- Le Manoir du Diable = The haunted castle (1896) -- L'hallucination de l'alchemiste = An hallucinated alchemist (1897) -- Sur le toits = On the roof (1897) -- Bombardement d'un maison = The last cartridges (1897) -- Combat naval en Grèce = Sea fighting in Greece (1897) -- L'omnibus des toqués ou Blancs et Noirs = Off to Bloomingdale Asylum (1901) -- L'oeuf du sorcier = The prolific magical egg (1902) -- Éruption volcanique à la Martinique = Eruption of Mount Pele (1902) -- Les aventures de Robinson Crusoé = Robinson Crusoe (fragment) (1904) -- La flamme merveilleuse = The Mystical flame (1903) -- Un peu de feu s.v.p. = Every man his own cigar lighter (fragment) (1904) -- Les apparitions fugitives = Fugitive apparitions (1904) -- Le juif errant = The wandering Jew (1904) -- Détresses et charité = The Christmas angel (1904) -- Le banquet de Mesmer = A Mesmerian experiment (1904) -- L'ile de Calypso = The mysterious island (1905) -- Le dirigeable fantastique = The inventor crazybrains and his wonderful airship (1907) -- Robert Macaire et Bertrand = Robert Macaire and Bertrand (1907) -- Deux cent milles sous les mers = Under the seas (1907) -- Le mariage de Victoire = How Bridget's lover escaped (1907) -- Satan en prison = Satan in prison (1907) -- François Ier et Triboulet = The king and the jester (1908) -- Hydrothérapie fantastique = The doctor's secret (1909) -- Le papillon fantastique = The spider and the butterfly (fragment) (1909) -- Le vitrail diabolique = The diabolical church window (1911) / Pathés Freres -- Les roses magiques = Magic roses (1906) / Segundo de Chomon, Pathés Freres -- Excursion dans la lune = Excursion to the moon (1908) / Segundo de Chomon, Pathés Freres. DVD X5245

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Le Baquet de Mesmer
The Wandering Jew
François Ier et Triboulet
Le papillon fantastique
Sur le toit

[ Méliès, Georges]
See also Les Pionniers du Cinema Francais

Movies Begin, A Treasury of Early Cinema, 1894-1914
The genesis of the motion picture medium is recreated in this 5-part collection of the cinema's formative works which reveal the foundation from which the styles and plots of contemporary cinema would later evolve.

Vol 1: The Great Train Robbery. This first program includes the first blockbuster in American film, The Great Train Robbery and other significant early films by pioneer filmmakers. DVD 1096; vhs Video/C 999:1006

Vol 2: The European Pioneers. This second program includes forty formative works by Louis Lumière, Walter Haggar, R. W. Paul, George Albert Smith, James A. Williamson, James Bamforth, and other early filmmakers. Contents: Arrival of Congress members at Neuville-sur-Saone (1895); Arrival of a train at La Ciotat (1895); Card Party (1895); Boat leaving the port (1895); Leaving Jerusalem by railway (1896); Snowball fight (1896); A fire run (1896); Niagara Falls (1896); Spanish bullfight (1897). -- B. Acres: Rough sea at Dover (1895) -- R.W. Paul: Come along do (1898); Derby (1896); Countryman and the cinematograph (1901); Chess dispute (1903); Extraordinary cab accident (1903); Buy your own cherries (1904); Motorist (1906). G.A. Smith: The Miller and the sweep (1898); Kiss in the tunnel (1899); Let me dream again (1900); Grandma's reading glass (1900); As seen through a telescope (1900); Sick kitten (1903); Mary Jane's mishap or don't fool with paraffin (1903). -- Sheffield Photographic Company: Daring daylight burglary (1903). -- Haggar and Sons: Desperate poaching affray (1903). -- Bamforth and Company: Kiss in the tunnel (1899); Ladies'skirts nailed to a fence (1900); Bitter bit (1900); Rough sea (1900). -- Williamson's Kinematograph Co.: Attack on a China Mission (1900); The big swallow (1901); Stop thief (1901); Fire (1901); An interesting story (1905) DVD 1097; vhs Video/C 999:1007

Vol 3: Experimentation and Discovery. The genesis of the motion picture medium is recreated in this 5-part collection of the cinema's formative works which reveal the foundation from which the styles and plots of contemporary cinema would later evolve. In this third program, the films presented here, ranging from the ingeniously creative to the boldly audacious, offer a sampling of the primitive masterworks from the first ten years of motion picture production that allowed the technical novelty of cinema to so quickly flourish into an artistically expressive medium. Contents: C. Hepworth: How it feels to be run over (1900); Explosion of a motor car (1900); Rescued by Rover (1905). -- L. Fitzhamon: The other side of the hedge (1905); That fatal sneeze (1905). -- Cricks and Martin: A visit to Peek Frean & Co.'s biscuit works (1906). -- Kineto Production Co.: A day in the life of a coalminer (1910). -- C. Freres: Peeping Tom (1901). -- F. Zecca: Ali Baba and the forty thieves (1902-05); Story of a crime (1901); Dream and reality (1901). -- L. Nouquet. Revolution in Odessa (1905); Aladdin or the marvelous lamp (1906). -- P. Zecca: The runaway horse (1907); The physician of the castle (1908). -- G. Velle: Magic bricks (1908). -- International Film Co.: Dewar's Scotch whiskey (1897). -- E. Porter: The gay shoe clerk (1903); Dream of a rarebit fiend (1906) DVD 1098; vhs Video/C 999:1008

Vol 4: The Magic of Méliès. This forth program highlights fifteen fantastic works by the cinema's first special effects wizard, Georges Méliès. Contents: Untamable whiskers (1904) -- Cook in trouble (1904) - Tehin-Chao: the Chinese conjuror (1904) -- Wonderful living fan (1904) -- Mermaid (1904) -- Living playing cards (1905) -- Black imp (1905) -- Enchanted sedan chair (1905) -- Scheming gambler's paradise (1905) -- Hilarious posters (1906) -- Mysterious retort (1906) -- Courtship of Sun and Moon (1907) -- Good glue sticks (1907) -- Long distance wireless photography (1908) -- Impossible voyage (1904) -- Georges Méliès: cinema magician (1978) DVD 1099; vhs Video/C 999:1009

Vol 5: Comedy, Spectacle and New Horizons This fifth program examines some of the integral works that begin to reflect the modern day cinema. Interspersed with authentic hand-tinted lantern slides used during early theatrical exhibitions. Contents: P. Freres: Policemen's little run (1907); Troubles of a grass widower (1908). -- A. Ambrosio: Nero, or the fall of Rome (1909). -- L. Gaumont: Onesime, clock-maker (1912). -- Vitagraph Co. of America: Windsor McCay or Little Nemo (1911). -- Solax Company: A.G. Blache. Making an American citizen (1912). -- Biograph Company: D.W. Griffith: Girl and her trust (1912). -- Keystone Film Co.: H. Lehrman: Bangville police (1913). DVD 1100; vhs Video/C 999:1010

[Mitchell, Sagar and Kenyon, James] The Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon
Over a century ago, filmmakers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon roamed England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales filming the everyday lives of people at work and at play. Their films begin with the bustling streets at home in Britain and the controversial war abroad and move on to show the British workers at leisure and enjoying sports. Presents the first ever crime reconstruction film and finally the success of Mitchell and Kenyon in the U.S. and the ultimate demise of their partnership. 176 min. DVD 3603

Mason, John. "The Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon." History Today. London: May 2005. Vol. 55, Iss. 5; p. 77 (2 pages) UC users only
Mayhall, Laura E. Nym. "The Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon: Edwardian Britain on Film." Victorian Studies. Bloomington: Spring 2006. Vol. 48, Iss. 3; p. 560 (3 pages) UC users only
Sargeant, Amy. "The Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon." Journal of British Cinema & Television, 2005, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p356-357, 2pUC users only
Whalley, Robin; Worden, Peter. "Forgotten Firm: A Short Chronological Account of Mitchell and Kenyon, Cinematographers." Film History, Vol. 10, No. 1, Cinema Pioneers (1998), pp. 35-51 UC users only

[Muybridge, Eadweard] Homage to Eadweard Muybridge
Motion studies (1877-85) / Eadweard Muybridge. DVD 1096; vhs Video/C 999:1006

[Muybridge, Eadweard] Motion Studies(1877)
Eadweard Muybridge was one of the most preeminent and innovative photographers of his day. This videodisc contains over 900 plates from his pioneering photographic studies of movement. The animations -- The attitudes of animals in motion, the plates -- Animal locomotion, the plates -- Muybridge biography -- Early photography -- Timeline -- Movie maker. Video/D 18 (laser disc)

Five rare silent films. DVD 8450

The Adventures of Billy (1911)
Billy witnesses two tramps accidentally kill someone during a robbery. The tramps lock him up and decide that he must be killed, too.
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The Egyptian Mummy (1914)
Directed by Lee Beggs. Cast: Constance Talmadge, Lee Beggs, Joel Day. In order to make money, a man hires a bum to pretend to be a mummy, so he can sell the "body" for scientific experiments.
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In the Tennessee Hills (1915)
Directed by James Vincent. Cast: Charles Ray, Enid Markey, Clayde Tracy, Fanny Midgely. After a vicious landlord evicts his frail mother, who dies as a result, Jim a young Tennessee mountaineer vows vengeance and ambushes and kills him. A posse catches Jim but his sweetheart Millie arrives in time to save him.
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The Charge of the Light Brigade (1912)
Directed by J. Searle Dawley. Cast: James Gordon, Richard Neill, Charles Sutton, Ben F. Wilson and the soldiers of the U.S. Calvary from Fort D.A. Russell, near Cheyenne, Wyoming. The third in a series of rare silent films from the early film-making period of 1911-1915. Retelling of the famous incident in the 1854 Crimean War when a British cavalry unit, because of a mix-up in orders, charged an almost impregnable Russian artillery position and was decimated. 93 min.
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Broncho Billy's Sentence (1915)
Directed by Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson. Cast: "Bronco Billy" Anderson, True Boardman, Ernest Van Pelt, Carl Stockdale, Evelyn Selbie, Harry Todd. In this one-reeler Western a wounded robber is taken in by a preacher and his wife, repents, and returns the money he stole. Special feature: Broncho Billy's NIles, California: then and now: Views of Niles as it was in Broncho Billy's day and in our own, set to the tune of Nell Wright Slaughter's "The Broncho Billy rag" (1914).
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Nickelodia 2
Six rare silent films. DVD X2824

Light That Came(1909)
Directed by D.W. Griffith. Biograph ; with Ruth Hart, Owen Moore, Mary Pickford, Kate Bruce, Arthur Johnson. A disfigured young woman with two beautiful sisters is courted by a blind man. Will he still love her when his sight is restored? 11 min.
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Fate's Turning(1909)
Directed by D.W. Griffith. Biograph ; with Dorothy Bernard, Charles West, Stephanie Longfellow, Donald Crisp. A young waitress is seduced and then abandoned. 17 min.
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As a Boy Dream(1911)
Directed by Thomas H. Ince. With Mary Pickford. Jack, the cabin boy steals a treasure map.
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Little Dove's Romance(1911)
Directed by Fred J. Balshofer. Bison Films ; with Red Wing, James Young Deer, Charles Inslee
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Peeping Peet(1913)
Directed by Mack Senntee. Keystone films ; with Ford Sterling, Mack Sennett, Roscoe Arbuckle, Nick Cogley, Beatrice Van. Farce about two hot-headed, pistol-packing Italians. 7 min.
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Leap from the Water Tower(1915)
Kalem ; with Helen Holmes, J.P. McGowan, Leo Maloney. The air brakes of a railroad train are tampered with.

The Origins of Cinema. Volume 1.
Traces the origins of cinema through a selection of early silent films produced by Thomas A. Edison and photographed by Edwin S. Porter between 1898 and 1905. Includes comedy films, films showing the use of special effects, the beginnings of delayed suspense and unusual camera movements. Contents: New York drummer (1899) -- Uncle Josh's nightmare (1900) -- Terrible Teddy, the grizzly king (1901) -- Love by the light of the moon (1901) -- Circular panorama of electric tower (1901) -- Panorama of esplanade at night (1901) -- Martyred presidents (1901) -- Uncle Josh at the moving picture show (1902) -- The Twentieth century tramp (1902) -- Fun in a bakery shop (1902) -- Jack and the beanstalk (1902) -- Life of an American fireman (1903) -- Uncle Tom's cabin (1903) -- The gay shoe clerk (1903) -- A romance of the rail (1903) --Rounding up of the "Yeggmen" (1904) -- European rest cure (1904) -- The ex-convict (1904) and The kleptomaniac (1905) -- The Seven ages (1905) -- How Jones lost his roll (1905) -- The whole Dam family and the Dam dog (1905). 198?. 97 min. DVD X1752 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 7046

The Origins of Cinema. Volume 2.
Traces the origins of the cinema with early silent films by American Mutoscope and Biograph, including early comedy films, sitution comedy and "chase films," the use of special effects, and films showing the beginnings of delayed suspense and unusual camera movements. Contents: The Dude and the burglars (1903) -- The Story the biograph told (1904) -- Personal (1904) -- The widow and the only man (1904) -- The lost child (1904) -- The Suburbanite (1904) -- Tom, Tom, the piper's son (1905) --An Acadian elopement (1907) -- Grandpa'sreading glass (1902) -- Mr. Hurry-up of New York (1907) -- The tired tailor's dream (1907) -- The sculptor's nightmare (1908) -- A search for evidence (1903) -- The moonshiner (1904) --The hero of Liao Yang (1904). 198-? 112 min. DVD X1753 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 7151

The Origins of Cinema. Volume 3.
Traces the origin of cinema with early silent films by American Mutoscope and Biograph, including films based on actual happenings, films based on photographic documentation of dangerous occupations and films demonstrating how film developed its own characteristics, distinct from those of theatre. Contents: The Nihilists (1905) -- The great American jewel mystery (1905) -- A Kentucky feud (1905) -- The Silver wedding (1906) -- The Black hand (1906) -- The paymaster (1906) -- The tunnel workers (1906) -- The skyscrapers (1906) -- The boy detective (1908) -- Her first adventure (1908) -- Caught by wireless (1908) -- At the French ball (1908). 198-? 95 min. DVD X1754 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 7152

The Origins of Cinema. Volume 4.
Examples of comedies and dramas directed by D. W. Griffith for American Mutoscope and Biograph between 1908 and 1912, with special emphasis on insights into Griffith's directing and editing techniques. Contents: Balked at the altar (1908) -- Faithful (1910) -- A dash through the clouds (1912) -- A calamitous elopement (1908) -- Where breakers roar (1908) -- The cord of life (1909) -- The girls and daddy (1909) -- The golden Louis (1909) -- At the altar (1909) -- Fools of Fate (1909). 102 min. DVD X1755 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 7169

The Origins of Cinema. Volume 5.
Traces the origins of cinema with early silent films by D.W. Griffith and Siegmund Lubin Manufacturing Company of Philadelphia, showing elements of pre-production planning including constructed sets, interior and exterior scenes, division of the story into scenes and purposeful camera movement and the first attempts at two-reel films. Contents: His trust (1911) -- His trust fulfilled (1911) -- Enoch Arden (1911) -- A temporary trust (1912) -- The girl and her trust (1912) -- The bold bank robbery (1904) -- She would be an actress (1909) -- Drunkards's child (1904) -- An unexpected guest (1909). 198-? 102 min. DVD X1756 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 7153

The Origins of Cinema. Volume 6.
Traces the origins of the cinema with early silent films including examples of films from independent producers, films of French filmmaker Georges Méliès, comedies produced in Great Britain by Clarendon, Gaumont and Hepworth Companies and Britain's first documentary dramas pointing out social evils. Contents: Love and war (1899)--The girl from Montana (1907)--His first ride (1907)--The Bandit king (1907)--The bank robbery (1908)--The inn where no man rests (1903)--The spiritualist photographer (1903)--The kingdom of the fairies (1903)--The magic lantern (1903)--The clock maker's dream (1903)--The cook in trouble (1904)--The mermaid (1904)--How the old woman caught the omnibus (1903)--The eviction (1904)--The bewitched traveler (1904)--An Englishman's trip to Paris from London (1904)--The lover's ruse (1904)--A race for a kiss (1904)--The other side of the hedge (1904)--Fine feathers make fine birds (1905)--The pickpocket (1903)--The child stealers (1904)--Raid on a coiner's den (1904)--Revenge (1904)--A railway tragedy (1904)-- Decoyed (1904)--Rescued by rover (1905). 198-? 105 min. DVD X1757 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 7154

[Paul, R.W.] R.W. Paul: The Collected Films, 1895-1908
This video contains 62 films by R.W. Paul. It represents an attempt to bring together for the first time the collected output of this leading pioneer of British film and one of the founders of world cinema. Paul produced what is arguably the first British narrative film (A soldier's courtship, 1896, now lost), and in 1898 became the first person to edit two scenes together in 'Come along, do!' 1895-1896: Rough sea at Dover -- Footpads -- The derby -- Hyde Park bicycling scene -- Scene on the river Thames, showing the rescue of a child from drowning -- Royal train -- Comic costume race -- Twin's tea party -- Blackfriars Bridge -- Westminster Bridge [filoscope] -- Sea cave near Lisbon -- Andalusian dance [filoscope] -- Chirgwin the white eyed kaffir [filoscope] -- 2 a.m., or the husband's return -- 1897: Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee -- Women fetching water from the Nile -- Fishermen and boat at Port Said -- Cupid at the wash tub -- Wayfarer compelled to disrobe partially -- 1898: Launch of H.M.S. Albion -- Switchback railway -- Sirdar's reception at Guldhall -- Favourite domestic scene -- Tommy Atkins in the park -- Come along, do! -- 1899: Reproductions of incidents of the Boer War -- Upside down, or the human flies. 1900: Army life: mounted infantry -- Tetherball, of do-do -- Cronje's surrender to Lord Roberts -- Entry of the Scots' Guards into Bloemfontein -- Exciting pillow fight -- Railway collision -- His brave defender -- 1901: Cheese mites -- Over-incubated baby -- Countryman's first sight of animated pictures -- Undressing extraordinary -- Waif and the wizard -- Artistic creation -- Deonzo Brothers in their wonderful jumping act -- Haunted curiosity shop -- Magic sword -- Scrooge or Marley's ghost -- 1902: His only pair -- Extraordinary waiter -- 1903: Coronation Durbar at Delhi -- Delhi Durbar -- Hammerfest -- Kiddies cakewalk -- Chess dispute -- Extraordinary cab accident -- 1904: Buy your own cherries -- Drat that boy -- Mr. Pecksniff fetches the doctor -- 1905: Unfortunate policeman -- 1906: Return of the T.R.H. the Prince and Princess of Wales -- Aberdeen University quarter centenary celebrations -- Lively quarter-day -- Is spiritualism a fraud? -- The Motorist -- 1908: Whaling afloat and ashore. 147 min. DVD 8451

The Perils of Pauline (1914)
Directors, Louis J. Gasnier, Donald MacKenzie. Cast: Pearl White, Crane Wilber, Paul Panzer; Exploits of Elaine: Pearl White, Arnold Daly, Creighton Hale. In this motion picture serial a heiress postpones her marriage to embark on a series of adventures. Unfortunately, her dead stepfather has placed her under the guardianship of a man who wants to kill her for her money and tries to make each of her adventures her last. Contents: Episode 1. Through air and fire (36 min.) -- Episode 2. The Goddess of the Far West (29 min.) -- Episode 3. The Pirate's treasure (17 min.) -- Episode 4. Deadly turning (11 min.) -- Episode 5. The Aerial wire (17 min.) -- Episode 6. The Broken wing (18 min.) -- Episode 7. The Tragic plunge (22 min.) -- Episode 8. The Reptile under the flowers (22 min.) -- Episode 9. The Floating coffin (18 min.). Originally produced as a 20-episode motion picture serial in 1914. At a later date the episodes were drastically shortened, and different episodes combined, resulting in the existing nine episode version. Intertitles were translated rather carelessly back into English from a Belgian print sometime during or after World War I, when the villian's name was changed from Owen to the germanic Koerner. Bonus features (Disc 2) Pearl White, queen of the serials. Includes: Perils of Pauline preview (5 min.); Les Mystères de New-York, 1er episode, Le Main qui étreint = Exploits of Elaine, 1st episode, The clutching hand (20 min.); Pearl of the Army, episode 10, The silent menace unmasked (23 min.); Great moments from the serials with Pearl White; Terror (39 min.). 127 min. DVD X5771; several installments also on vhs 999:1231
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Installments of Perils of Pauline on Lost Serials anthology DVD X228

Sarris, Andrew. "The Auteur Theory and the Perils of Pauline." Film Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 4. (Summer, 1963), pp. 26-33. UC users only

[Pickford, Mary]
SEE ALSO Listing of Mary Pickford in MRC

[Pickford, Mary] Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford created a totally new way of acting that entranced audiences and left them spell-bound. She was also a creative producer and shrewd businessperson who played a pivotal role in shaping the first new media of the twentieth century. This powerful and moving production uses footage, stills, original audio interviews with Pickford and clips from her movies to tell a story that is full of joy and power, of loneliness and despair. Written and directed by Sue Williams Originally broadcast on the television program, the American Experience. 2005. 90 min. DVD 3785

[Pickford, Mary] Mary Pickford: A Life on Film.
By the age of seventeen, Mary Pickford had become the first actress to achieve international superstardom. By the time she was thirty, she was the first and only woman ever to own a major movie studio. With comedic and tragic talents and business acumen, Mary Pickford was the consummate movie star of the 20th century. This definitive documentary combines an abundance of previously unseen footage from Pickford's own archive with exceptional research to demonstrate why she and her films remain touchstones of film history. 2000. 99 min. Video/C 7224

Les Pionniers du Cinema Francais, Volume 1
Contents: Employees leaving Lumière Factory -- Arrival of Express at Lyons -- Friendly party in the garden of Lumière -- Feeding the baby -- Boys sailing boats, Tuilleries Gardens, Paris -- The falling wall -- Baths at Milan, Italy -- French dragoons -- Gondola party -- Sack race -- Military review, Hungary --German hussars jumping fences -- Feeding the swans -- Boiler loading -- Le voyage dans le lune (1902) -- A la conquete du Pole (1912) -- The gipsy's warning -- Kingdom of the Fairies (1903). DVD 7794 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 999:353

Les Pionniers du Cinema Francais, Volume 2
Contents: Whence does he come? (D'ou vient-il? 1905) -- Scenes of convict life (Au bagne, 1905) -- A father's honor (L'honneur d'un pere, 1905) -- Fun after the wedding (Noce en goguette, 1911) -- The runaway horse (Le cheval emballe, 1907) -- Revolution in Odessa (La revolution en Russie, 1905) -- Down in the deep (Le pecher des perles, 1904) -- The astronomer's dream (Le reve de l'astronome, 1905). 60 min. total. DVD 7795 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 999:354

View "Astronomer's Dream" (Le rêve de l'astronome) (Attributed to Georges Méliès, but more likely a 1905 Pathé version)

Polissons & galipettes
Presents a fresh and impertinent composition of twelve licentious short films from early last century. Back then, these oddities in the heritage of cinema were screened in the waiting rooms of brothels. Special features: Histoire du cinéma clandestin des maisons closes (45 min.) -- Tout art est érotique (29 min.) Short films originally produced in 1905-1935. 144 min. DVD X4897

[ Porter, Edwin S.]
SEE ALSO Listing of Edwin S. Porter films in MRC

[ Porter, Edwin S.] Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter
Between the years 1894 to 1908, Edwin S. Porter was the leading American filmmaker. Follows his movie career, from his first job installing Thomas Edison's Vitascope machines in New York, through his business as a film exhibitor, to his job as head of Edison's movie studio. There he created story films: Jack and the Beanstalk, The Life of an American Fireman, and The Great Train Robbery. By 1909, his film technique was old fashioned. Fired by Edison, he continued making films until 1915, but he had been left behind by new directors with new techniques. Includes hand-tinted stills and segments from Porter's movies and those of other filmmakers. Includes 16 Porter shorts, including: Waiting at the Church (1906) -- Life of a Cowboy (1906) -- Uncle Josh at the Moving -- Picture Show (1902). 1982. 60 min. DVD X116; copy 2: DVD 8229 (DVD region 2); vhs Video/C 3637

Les Premiers pas du Cinéma: Un Rêve en Couleur (Discovering Cinema: Movies Dream in Color
Historical survey of the development of color in motion pictures with early films included in special features to illustrate the main points of technological and artistic development. Coloriage =Coloring:Forgerons (1895, 0:32 min.) --Mort de Marat (1897, 0:38 min.) --Danse serpentine (1898, 0:51 min.) --Execution de Jeannne d'Arc (1898, 0:41 min.) --Danseurs espagnols (1898, 2:01 min.) --Metamorphoses du Papillon (1904, 1:21 min.) --Fee aux Fleurs (1905, 1:07 min.) --Sorcier arabe (1906, 2:45 min.) -- Synthes`e additive =Additive synthesis:Inauguration du Campanile de San Marco (1912, 11 min.) --Essai trichrome du Dr. Doyen (1912, 0:40 min.) --Essai couluer de Sonia Delaunay (1928, 0:24 min.) --Jeunes femmes prenant le The (1937, 3:11 min.) --Synthese soustractive =Subtractive synthe`sis: Wonderland of California (1930, 6:50 min.) --King of Jazz (1930, 3:34 min.) --Cucaracha (1934, 19:37 min.) --Becky Sharp (1935, 2:46 min.) --New York (1938, 5:03 min.) DVD 4651

Les Premiers pas du Cinema: A la Recherche du Son (Discovering Cinema: Learning to Talk)
Historical survey of the development of sound in motion pictures with early films and extracts from films included in special features to illustrate the main points of technological and artistic development. Son direct =Live sound:Quand madelon (1917, 3:19 min.) --Pere la Victorie (1917, 3:55 min.) --Chamber mystery [extract] (1920, 8:15 min.) --Miss Venus [extract] (1921, 4:58 min.) --Ain't she sweet (1933, 7:13 min.) --Son sur disque =Sound on disc:Lucia Di Lammermoor (1908, 4:01 min.) --Donna e Mobile (1908, 2:29 min.) --Carmen 'Air du Toreador' (1910, 4:17 min.) --Legende du Roi Gambrinus (1911, 2:37 min.) --Marseillaise (1911, 2:48 min.) --Nursery favorites (1913, 5:29 min.) --Chanteur de jazz (1927, 6:53 min.) --Son optique =Optical sound:Snappy tunes (1923, 6:51 min.) --Theodore Case test film (1924, 0:32 min.) --Ma he's making eyes at me (1925, 1:36 min.) --Arthur Conan Doyle (1927, 10:37 min.) --Governor Young hails greater talkie season (1928, 2:29 min.) --Finding his voice (1929, 10:12 min.) DVD 4652

Retour de flamme. une seance de cinematographe
Presents seminal films in the early development of motion pictures in France and the United States with each film preceded by extensive optional historical commentary.

Disc 1: Sortie d'usine (France, 1896) -- Arrivee d'un train (France, 1897) -- Partie de cartes (France, 1896) -- Louis Lumière vous parle / directed by George Sadoul (France, 1948) -- Stolen jools / directed by William C. McGann (USA, 1931) ; cast: Wallace Beery, Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy (USA, 1931) -- L'ecrin du Rajah / directed by Gaston Velle ; produced by Pathe (France, 1906) -- Titanic (docu., USA, 1912) -- Kid's auto race in Venice / directed and written by Henry Lehrman ; produced by: Keystone Film Company ; cast: Charles Chaplin, Henry Lehrman (USA, 1914) -- Meet me down at Coney Isle / produced by Fox Magic Carpet of Movietone (USA, 1932) -- La Fievre des echecs = Chess fever /directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin ; cast: Vladimir Fogel, Jose Raul Capablanca (USSR, 1925) -- Le pompier des Folies-Berg?ere ; cast: Josephine Baker (France, 1928) -- Celles qui s'en font / directed by Germaine Dulac (France, 1930) -- Tulips shall grow / direction and cinematography by George Pal ; produced by Paramount Pictures (USA, 1942) -- Mighty like a moose / directed by Leo McCarey ; produced by: Hal Roach Studios ; cast: Charley Chase, Vivian Oakland (USA, 1926) -- Un monsieur qui a mange du Taureau / directed by: Eugene Deslaw ; produced by Victor Films (France, 1935). Bonus feature: "Der Flug um den Erdball" = "Le raid en avion" (1st episode, serial) / production, Ellen Richter ; realisation, Willi Wolff (1924, 24 min. ; cast, Ellen Richter, Anton Pointner, Reinhold Schunzel, Hans Brausewetter, Paul Biensfeld, Claire Lotto). DVD 9633

Disc 2: Those awful hats / direction, David W.Griffith ; cast, Mack Sennett (1909, 2:55 min.) -- The mystery of the leaping fish / direction, John Emerson ; cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Bessie Love (1916, 26:27 min) -- Chase of the monkey (1909, 4:00 min.) -- For her mother's day (1906, 2:26 min.) -- Kiriki, Japanese acrobats / direction, Segundo de Chomon (1907, 2:37) -- La Marseillaise / interpreted by Mr Note from the Opera (1907, 2:37) -- Week-end ; cast, Fernandel (1938, 2:16l) -- Clo-Cloche ; cast: Michel Simon (1935, 2:09 min.) -- Play safe / direction, Dave Fleischer (1936, 7:19 min.) -- Stolen kisses (1920, 2:17 min.) -- Paris fashion (1926, 5:40 min.) -- Black and tan / direction, Dudley Murphy ; cast: Duke Ellington (1929, 18:11 min.) -- Three films by cartoonist O'Galop: Petites causes grands effets ; Pour resister a la tuberculose ; La circuit de l'Alcool (1918, 6:00 min.) -- Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pride / direction, Percy Pembroke ; cast, Stan Laurel (1925, 19:42 min.) -- Porky's preview / direction, Tex Avery (1941 6:18 min.). Bonus feature: "Der Flug um den Erdball" = "Le raid en avion" (2nd episode, serial) / production, Ellen Richter ; realisation, Willi Wolff ; cast, Richter, Anton Pointner (1924, 24 min.) DVD 9634

Disc 3: What a whopper! / directed by Charles Parrott ; written by Hal Roach ; produced by Rolin Films ; cast: Snub Pollard (USA, 1921, 12:44) -- Au pays des colosses et des pygmees / directed by Aurelio Rossi (France, 1925, 8:31) -- Cartoon factory / directed by Max & Dave Fleischer (USA, 1924, 7:52) -- Le cochon danseur / produced by Pathe (France, 1907, 2:22) -- Madame Babylas aime les animaux / directed by Alfred Machin ; produced by Pathe comica (France, 1911, 3:44) -- Actualites burlesques / directed by Gilles Margaritis ; produced by Pierre Braunberger (France, 1948, 16:19)-- Six publicities / directed by Robert Lortac (France, 1920, 8:31) -- The great train robbery (USA, 1903, 10:46) / directed by Edwin S. Porter ; written by Scott Marble ; produced by Edison Manufacturing Co. ; cast: Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson, Walter Cameron (USA, 1903, 10:46) -- Danse serpentine dans la Cage aux fauves (France, 1900, 2:04) -- Kobelkoff (France, 1900, 1:22) -- Hollywood steps out / directed by Tex Avery ; produced by Warner Bros. (USA, 1941, 7:38) -- Never weaken / directed by Fred Newmeyer ; produced by Hal Roach Studios ; cast: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis (USA, 1921, 23:34) -- Jazz Hot / cast: Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli et le Qintette du Hot Club de France (Great Britain, 1939, 6:19). Bonus feature: "Der Flug um den Erdball" = "Le raid en avion" (3rd episode, serial) / production, Ellen Richter ; realisation, Willi Wolff (1924, 24 min. ; cast, Ellen Richter, Anton Pointner (1924, 24 min.)DVD 9635

Disc 4: I'll say she is / avec Marx Brothers (1931, 4:36 min.) -- Peine du Talion = Talion punishment (1906, 4:12 min.) -- Alice in Wonderland / avec Viola Savoy (1915, 27:43 min.) -- Trois soundies = Three soundies (8:00 min.): Playmates (1944) -- Male order (1941) -- Sheik of Araby / avec Spike Jones (1944) -- Crue de la Seine = Seine flood (1910, 4:26 min.) -- To spring / Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising (1936, 8:58 min.) -- Femmes deputes = Women deputies / avec Madeleine Guitty (1912, 7:33 min.) -- MGM promp reel / Laurel et Hardy (1936, 8:30 min.) -- Gosses de la butte = Montmartre's kids (1916, 3:51 min.) -- Joie de vivre / Anthony Gross (1934, 8:56 min.) -- Lizzies of the field / avec Billy Bevan ; production, Mack Sennett (1924, 9:29 min.) -- Philips broadcast / production, George Pal (1938, 4:58 min.) Bonus feature: "Der Flug um den Erdball" = "Le raid en avion" (4th episode, serial) / production, Ellen Richter ; realisation, Willi Wolff (1924, 21:58 min). DVD 9636

Disc 5: Artheme avale sa clarinette / Eclipse ; cast, Ernest Servaes (France, 1912, 3:54) -- The cook / Paramount ; producer, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle ; cast, Fatty Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John (USA, 1918, 21:00) -- All this and rabbit stew / Warner ; producer, Tex Avery (USA, 1941, 6:28) -- Amour et publicite / Sedif ; producer, Leo Mittler ; cast, Claude Lehmann, Alma Mills (France, 1932, 25:30) -- Excursion dans la lune / Pathe ; producer, Segundo de Chomon (France, 1908, 6:45) -- La samaritaine (docu., France, 1930, 9:30) -- Publi-cine: Idylle (1945) ; Bonne Humeur (1945) ; Roller catch (1945) ; Qui sera Miss Philips (1950) -- Ils demenagent (1950) -- Cette nuit-la / cast, Jacques Tati (1935) (France 7:30) -- By Indian post / Universal Film ; producer, John Ford ; cast, Pete Morrison, Magda Lane (USA, 1919, 13:20) -- Cyrano de Bergerac / producer, Clement-Maurice ; cast, Coquelin Aine (France, 1900, 2:00) -- Ain't she sweet / Fleischer Studios ; producer, Dave Fleischer ; cast, Lillian Roth (USA, 1933, 7:13) Bonus feature: "[Der Flug um den Erdball]" = "Le raid en avion" (5th episode, serial) / production, Ellen Richter ; realisation, Willi Wolff ; cast, Ellen Richter, Anton Pointner Wolff (1924, 21:56) DVD 9637

Disc 6: Le pecheur de perles / Pathe ; producer, Ferdinand Zecca (France, 1907, 7:32) -- Suspense / Rex Films ; producer, Lois Weber ; cast, Lois Weber, Paul Valentine (USA, 1913, 10:08) -- Balloonland / Celebrity Pictures ; producer, Ub Iwerks (USA, 1935, 6:42) -- Films irreverencieux: Facheuse meprise ; confession / Pathe (France, 1905, 2:13) -- Bip...Bip...Bip...Ici Paris / cast, Pauline Carton (France, 1950, 8:14) -- Post no bills / Hal Roach ; Pathe Exchange ; producer, Ralph Cedar ; cast, James Parrott, Marie Masquini (USA, 1923, 13:03) -- Making an American citizen / Solax ; producer, Alice Guy Blaché (USA, 1912, 10:47) -- Makin' 'em move / Van Beuren Corp. ; producer, John Foster (USA, 1931, 7:16) -- Chasse à la girafe en Ouganda / Pathé ; producer, Alfred Machin (docu., France, 1910, 6:39) -- The pest / Amalgamated Prod. Corp ; producer, Jess Robbins ; cast, Stan Laurel, Glen Cavender (USA, 1923, 22:24) -- Gregor et ses Gregoriens / producer, Roger Lion ; cast, Stephane Grappelli (France, 1930, 3:41) -- Publicites: Le bon boa (1935) ; Brillantine cadoricin (1950) ; Massacre de la musique (1955) ; Ma femme de menage est une sorcière ; cast, Jean Carmet (1955) (France, 4:28) Bonus feature: "[Der Flug um den Erdbal]l" = "Le raid en avion" (6th episode, serial) / production, Ellen Richter ; realisation, Willi Wolff ; cast, Ellen Richter (1924, 21:06) DVD 9638

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Saved from the Flames
DVD 9450

Disc 1, Magical Movies Excelsior! Prince of Magicians / Georges Méliès(France, 1901, 2:06 min.) -- The Talion punishment / Gaston Velle, Pathé frères (France, 1906, stencil-colored, 4:13 min.) -- Kiriki, Japanese acrobats / Segundo de Chomon, Pathé frères (France, 1907, hand-colored, 2:38 min.) -- An excursion to the moon / Segundo de Chomon, Pathé frères (France, 1908, stencil-colored, 6:47 min.) -- The Automatic Moving Company / Romeo Bosetti, Pathe frères (France, 1911, 4:23 min.) Five early fantasy and trick films, including a previously-unseen trick film by Georges Méliès, hand-colored films from Segundo de Chomon and Gaston Velle, and astonishing stop-motion animation from 1911.

Disc 1, Seeing The World: Among the ten films in this section: A transatlantic crossing in a Zeppelin dirigible, a film of the first car trip (1915) across the Sierras from San Francisco to Reno, a stencil-colored trek through the Belgian Congo in 1925, Parisian street kids in Montmartre during the first World War, a 1916 visit to Los Angeles, 1927 sound film of Charles Lindbergh embarking on his New York-Paris flight, an early 1930s portrait of New York's Coney Island, a film promoting Josephine Baker's revue at the Folies-Bergere, and a two-color Technicolor 1927 fashion parade. Seine flood / Eclipse Company ; music, Eric Beheim (France, 1910, 4:16 min.) -- Over the top (A battle with the elements) / Earle Films ; music, Eric Beheim (USA, 1915, 11:22 min.) -- A visit to Los Angeles / Ford Motor Company ; music, Frederick Hodges (USA, 1916, 10:25 min.) -- Montmartre's kids / music, Eric le Guen (France, 1916, 3:51 min.) -- Dirigible Los Angeles / Blackhawk Films ; music, Eric Beheim (USA, 1924, 19:24 min.) -- In the land of giants and pygmies / Aurelio Rossi ; music, Eric le Guen (1925, stencil-colored, English intertitles, 8:33 min.) -- Technicolor fashion parade / Fashion Features, Inc ; music, Frederick Hodges (USA, 1927, 5:53 min.) -- Charles A. Lindbergh, hero of the air / Fox-Case Movietone (USA, 1927, 11:50 min.) -- Fireman of the Follies-Bergere / with Josephine Baker ; music, Eric le Guen (France, 1928, 7:38 min.) -- Meet me down at Coney Isle / Fox Magic Carpet of Movietone (USA, 1932, 8:13 min.)

Disc 1, New Beginnings: Seven films including the early cinematic experiments of Lumière, Georges Mendel and others, featuring Cyrano De Bergerac from 1900, believed to be the first color and sound film. Exiting the factory / Lumiere (France, 1896, 1:13 min.) -- Arrival of a train / Gaumont ( France, 1897, 0:48 min.) -- Card party / Lumière(France, 1896, hand-colored, 1:26 min.) -- Kobelkoff (France, 1900, 1:24 min.) -- Danse Serpentine (In a lion's cage) (France, 1900, hand-colored, 2:08 min.) -- Cyrano de Bergerac / Phono-Cinema-Theatre (1900, hand-colored, sound on cylinder, 1:55 min.) -- La Marseillaise / Georges Mendel (France, 1907 sound on disc, 2:41 min.)

Disc 2, Drawings and Models: Fantasmagoria / Gaumont Company ; by Emile Cohl ; music, Frederick Hodges (France, 1908, 1:30 min.) -- Cartoon factory / Fleischer Studios ; by Max Fleischer (USA, 1924, 7:53 min.) -- In the orient : Tony Sarg's Marionettes / Columbia Pictures ; by Tony Sarge (USA, 1929, 9:52 min.) -- Ain't she sweet / Fleischer Studios ; with Lillian Roth (USA, 1932, 7:11 min.) -- Balloonland (aka The Pincushion man) / Ub Iwerks (USA, Cinecolor, 1935, 6:41 min.) -- Play safe / Fleischer Studios (USA, Technicolor, 1936, 7:05 min.) Six works of animation: Gaumont's Fantasmagorie (1908), three cartoons from the Fleischer Studios -- Cartoon Factory (1924), Ain't She Sweet (1932), and Play Safe (1936) -- Ub Iwerks' Balloonland (1935) featuring a new color restoration made from the original negatives, and a filmed performance by puppetry pioneer Tony Sarg.

Disc 2, Grace Notes: Rare early musical performances: Django Reinhardt with Stephane Grapelli and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, Duke Ellington and the Cotton Club Orchestra, Louis Armstrong in Copenhagen, and the Utica Jubilee Singers. Radi-Ators / Columbia Pictures ; Utica Jubilee Singers (USA, 1929, 9:18 min.) -- Black and tan / RCA ; director, Dudley Murphy with Fernand Leger ; Duke Ellington and the Cotton Club Orchestra (USA, 1929, 18:10 min.) -- Louis Armstrong in Copenhagen (Denmark, 1934, 9:05 min.) -- Jazz hot / with Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grapelli and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France (France, 1939, 6:20 min.)

Disc 2, Laughing Like We Used To The dancing pig / Pathe fr?eres ; music, Frederick Hodges (France, 1907, 2:24 min.) -- Monkey race / Italia Film ; music, Eric Beheim (Italy, 1909, 4:03 min.) -- I fetch the bread / Pathe fr?eres ; music, Eric Beheim (France, 1907, 5:10 min.) -- Artheme swallows his clarinet / Eclipse Company ; music, Eric Beheim (France, 1912, 3:54 min.) -- Kid's auto race / Keystone Film Co. ; producer, Mack Sennett ; with Charlie Chaplin ; music, Eric Beheim (USA, 1914, 6:20 min.) -- The pest / Amalgamated Productions ; producer/director, G. M. Anderson ; with Stan Laurel ; music, Frederick Hodges (USA, 1922, 22:26 min.) -- Lizzies of the field / producer, Mack Sennett ; director, Del Lord ; music, Eric Beheim (USA, 1924, 14:04 min.) Seven comedies, including four restored from turn of the century Italy and France, a recently-discovered nitrate negative of Chaplin's first appearance in his "tramp" attire, a frenetic Mack Sennett gag fest with tin lizzies galore, and The Pest, starring an early Stan Laurel (before Hardy).

Disc 3, Persuade Me: California election news #2 / produced by MGM ; a campaign film in one of the dirtiest-ever political campaigns (USA, 1934, 6:52 min.) -- 3 advertisements for theaters produced in France: Week-end / with Fernandel ; produced by Virginia Week-End Tobacco (France, 1938, 2:17 min.) ; Cette nuit-la / with Jacques Tati ; produced by Levitan and Co., (France, 1935, 1:31 min.) ; Clo-cloche / with Michel Simon ; produced by Caporal (France, 1935, 2:08 min.) MGM prom reel / MGM ; with Laurel & Hardy (France, 1936, 8:30 min.) -- Master hands / Chevrolet Motor Co. ; producer, Jam Handy Organization (USA, 1936, 31:48 min.) -- Philips Broadcast of 1938 / Philips Radio A/S ; animator, George Pal (Holland, 1938, 4:57 min.) -- Three "Soundies" made for coin-operated jukebox devices: Yankee Doodler / Soundies Dist. Corp (USA, 1942, 2:54 min.) ; Rosie the riveter / Soundies Dist. Corp. (USA, 1943, 2:38 min.) ; Dear Arabella / Soundies Dist. Corp. (USA, 1942, 2:38 min.) -- Hell bent for election / UPA Pictures ; 1944 campaign film for Roosevelt ; animation, Chuck Jones (USA, 1944, 12:30 min.) Eleven films designed to influence, including vintage promotional films featuring Laurel & Hardy (dubbed in French), Michel Simon and Jacques Tati, puppet animation by George Pal, three WW-II era musical shorts, and Master Hands, a paean to the 1936 Chevrolet. Also includes two U.S. election campaign films: California election news #2, produced by MGM to scuttle the campaign of Upton Sinclair for Governor of California, features fake "candid interviews" by actors. Hell bent for election features cartoons by Chuck Jones in a labor-sponsored film for Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1944 presidential campaign.

Disc 3, Tell Me a Story Features three shorts produced from 1912-1913 by D.W. Griffith (For His Son), Lois Weber (Suspense), and Thomas Ince (The Heart of an Indian). For his son: A father, anxious for his son's financial well being, develops a special soda pop called Dopokoke which is laced with cocaine. Suspense: A one-reel thriller in which a tramp threatens a mother and child, while the father races home to their rescue. The heart of an Indian: When Indians attack a white settlement, a brave kidnaps a white baby to give to his wife as a replacement for their dead baby. The series concludes with a reel of "Stolen kisses," a compilation of kissing scenes from 1920s cinema.

[Shipman, Nell] The Nell Shipman Collection: A Girl from God's Country(1921)
Directed by Nell Shipman and Bert Van Tuyle. Cast: Nell Shipman, Charles Arling, Wheeler Oakman, Wellington Playter. Back to God's country: Renee is a beautiful young wife trapped on an ice-bound ship. Captain Blake, a murderous fugitive, will stop at nothing to have his way with her. With only the help of a ferocious dog named Wapi, she must stave off his advances and escape with her severely wounded husband to safety. Special Features: Back to God's country : a brief history -- Documentary: "Ah gee, forgetting me : Nell Shipman" / produced by Great North Productions in association with AAC Fact ; written and directed by Patricia Phillips (45 min.), c2001. DVD 8194
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Armatage, Kay. "Sex and snow: landscape and identity in the God's country films of Nell Shipman." In: American silent film : discovering marginalized voices / edited by Gregg Bachman and Thomas J. Slater. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.75 .S59 2002)

Silent Britain
A journey through the first three decades of British cinema, when the cinema was silent and hugely popular. Cecil Hepworth's Rescued by Rover was re-shot twice as the original negative wore out, while The Battle of the Somme released in 1916, was watched by an estimated 20 million people. Britain had its share of glamorous starlets and leading men including Ivor Novello, Betty Balfour, Henry Edwards and Chrissie White and Blair, the world's first canine movie star, who lit up the screens. Fully illustrated throughout with film clips from the first British sex comedy in 1898 to Britain's first talkie in 1929-- Hitchcock's Blackmail. 88 min. DVD X1887; also DVD 6214

The Silent Feminists: America's First Women Directors
Unbeknownst to many, women have been directing feature films since the silent era of the American film industry. Such directors as Lois Weber, Frances Marion, Dorothy Arzner, Kathlyn Williams and Alice Guy-Blaché were a significant presence in the early days of Hollywood. Utilizing film clips, rare photos and interviews with survivors of the era, this documentary pays fond tribute to these pioneers. Dist.: Direct Cinema. c1993. 45 min. Video/C 8986

Silent Shakespeare
King John (Britain, 1899, 3 min.) / directed by Walter Pfeffer Dando...[et al.] -- The Tempest (Britain, 1908, 12 min.) / directed by Percy Stow -- A Midsummer night's dream (USA, 1909, 11 min.) / directed by James Stuart Blackton and Charles Kent -- King Lear (Italy, 1910, 16 min.) / directed by Gerolamo Lo Savio -- Twelfth night (USA, 1910, 13 min) / directed by Charles Kent, produced by J. Stuart Blackton -- The Merchant of Venice (Italy, 1910, 10 min.) / directed by Gerolamo Lo Savio -- Richard III (Britain, 1911, 22 min.) Cast: Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Dora Senior (1st film). "Cast unknown" (2nd film). William V. Ranous, Maurice Costello (3rd film). Ermete Novelli, Francesca Bertini (4th film). Florence Turner, Charles Kent, Julia Swayne Gordon, (5th film). Ermete Novelli, Francesca Bertini (6th film). James Berry, Alfred Brydone, Sir Francis Benson (7th film). In the early days of the cinema, pioneer filmmakers created these seven charming films based on the plays of William Shakespeare. Considered a "lowbrow" medium, the fledgling movie industry sought to elevate its status by immortalizing the classics and hiring the actors of the day. Most of these early photoplays were only one or two reels long but whatever they gave up in language and length, they made up for in exuberance, cinematic artistry, visual wit and bravura acting. Some films feature original hand-stenciled color. DVD 230; vhs Video/C 999:2305

Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema
In the days before movies could talk, silent films spoke clearly of sexual politics. This rare and wonderful assemblage of silent era footage opens a historic window on how filmmakers on both sides of the women's suffrage issue used the exciting new medium to create powerful propaganda and images about women. Through clips from films like 'A lively affair' (1912), 'A busy day' (1914), and 'What 80 million women want' (1913), the film raises key issues about the struggle for gender equality and the portrayal of women in the media, which remain as fascinating, engaging, and relevant today as yesterday. 36 min. DVD X1309

Norden, Martin F. ""A Good Travesty Upon the Suffragette Movement": Women's Suffrage Films as Genre." Journal of Popular Film and Television 13:4 (1986:Winter) p.171 UC users only

[Talmadge , Norma]Norma Talmadge at Videograph
Consists chiefly of seven short films that Talmadge made for the Vitagraph Corporation of America, and offers not only a chance to see her at the start of her career but also some fine films made by Vitagraph. A popular and sophisticated film company, Vitagraph was a training ground for many future stars, some of whom are also featured in these films. Van Dyke Brooke was Talmadge's usual director at this point in her career. Contents: A tale of two cities (1911, 21 min.) -- His official appointment (1912, 10 min.) -- An old man's love story (1913, 13 min.) -- Father's hatband (1913, 8 min.) -- Sawdust and Salome (1914, 12 min.) -- A helpful sisterhood (1914, 18 min.) -- John Rance, gentleman (1914, 21 min.) -- The devil's needle (1916, 9 min.).

[A tale of two cities]: Cast: Norma Talmadge, Maurice Costello, Leo Delaney, Florence Turner, Charles Kent. Disreputable lawyer Sydney Carton defends emigre Charles Darnay from charges of spying against England. He becomes enamored of Darnay's fiancée, Lucie Manette, and agrees to help her save Darnay from the guillotine when he is captured by revolutionaries in Paris. [An old man's love story]: Cast: Norma Talmadge, Van Dyke Brooke, James Lackaye, Florence Radinoff, Frank O'Neil. Norma's parents want her to marry a rich man and forbid her to see the young man whom she loves. A wealthy older friend of her parents arrives and proposes to Norma. Her distress is evident though she accepts the proposal, and, being a kindly man, he sizes up the situation and arranges an ending to satisfy all concerned. [Father's hatband]: Cast: Norma Talmadge, Leo Delany, Van Dyke Brooke. Norma and boyfriend Leo Delaney arrange meetings by passing notes back and forth in the band of father Brooke's hat. An accidental switching of hats leads an enraged Flora Finch to think that her unsuspecting husband is meeting Norma, and all parties involved end up at the trysting place of the lovers at the same time. [The helpful sisterhood]: Cast: Norma Talmadge, Van Dyke Brooke, Marie Weirman, Mary Maurice, Marie Tener, Ernest Cozzens, Mary Anderson, Cortland Van Deusen. Talmadge is at first a carefree and silly girl who joins a fashionable sorority, then grows increasingly despondent and desperate as the financial demands of keeping up with her friends becomes too much for her. There is a lovely atmospheric conclusion. [Sawdust and Salome]: Cast: Norma Talmadge, Leo Delany, Van Dyke Brooke, William Shea, Louise Beaudet, Jane Fearnley. Norma plays a circus girl married to a young man whose family disapproves ("You have married a woman who has worn tights"!). After witnessing one of his society friends at a costume party dancing very badly in a belly dance costume, she leaves him to return "to the clean circus sawdust." [John Rance, gentleman]: Cast: Norma Talmadge, Antonio Moreno, Harry Kendall. Norma is Lesbia Vane, a spoiled society girl who flirts with and abandons a handsome but dull young doctor (Antonio Moreno). She marries his best friend, an avid hunter (Harry Kendall), and apparently tired of living in a house full of dead animals, throws herself at Moreno. The denouement is rather bizarre. [His official appointment]: Cast: Norma Talmadge, Charles Kent, Hal Wilson. An impoverished Southern gentleman (and his loyal servant in blackface) wait in vain for some sort of government appointment. He stops Norma's runaway carriage amid some interesting location shots of Washington D.C. [The devil's needle]: Cast: Norma Talmadge, Tully Marshall, Marguerite Marsh. Norma is a drug-addicted artist's model who cheers up after giving herself a needle. Tully Marshall is the artist who resists at first, but later becomes the crazed lunatic which he always played so well. DVD X4477

Thanhouser Classics.

Thanhouser Classics: The Early Years, 1910 to 1912.Only in the way / (1911, 12 min.) -- Get rich quick (1911, 13 min.) -- The coffin ship (1911, 15 min.) -- Cinderella / director, George O. Nicholas (1911, 14 min.) -- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / director, Lucius Henderson (1912, 12 min.) Music composed and performed by Andrew Crow. Cast: Marie Eline (1st film); Harry Benham, Marguerite Snow, Marie Eline (2nd); William Garwood (3rd); Florence LaBadie, Harry Benham, Anna Rosemond, Frank H. Crane, Alphonese Ethier (4th); James Cruze, Harry Benham, Florence LaBadie, Marie Eline (5th) Only in the way: in this story centering on family disharmony, the parents' treatment of the grandmother affects the little girl who identifies with her. Get rich quick: This moral tale observes how an elaborate swindle, the "Utopia Investment Corporation," affects one of its participants. Coffin ship: This one-reel adventure creates a visually strong seagoing story of a stowaway and a shipwreck. Cinderella: An elaboratley mounted version of the well-known fairy tale with stylistic costumes, sets and locations highlighted by in-camera trick photography. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: The second U.S. film version of the famous tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. It downplays the horror element in favor of the thematic conflict between the good and evil sides of one personality. DVD 5863; vhs 999:2837

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Only in the Way
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The Coffin Ship
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Vicar of Wakefield (1910 & 1917). Based on the novel by Oliver Goldsmith. Vicar of Wakefield / producer, Edwin Thanhouser (1910, 13 min.) -- Vicar of Wakefield / producer, Edwin Thanhouser, director, Ernest C. Warde (1917, 90 min.) Original music composed and performed by Raymond A. Brubacher. Cast: Martin J. Faust, Frank H. Crane, Anna Rosemond, William Garwood, Marie Eline, Bertha Blanchard, Lucille Younge, William Russell (1st film); Frederick B. Warde, Kathryn Adams, Robert Vaughn, Boyd Marshall, Morgan Jones (2nd film) Edwin Thanhouser adapted Goldsmith's well-known novel to the screen twice. This first film produced in 1910 had to be simplified and distilled down to one reel of story, which was done better by Thanhouser than any other studio of his time. The second film, produced after Thanhouser affiliated with Pathe in 1916, was a feature-length film. The elaborate production includes incidents vividly remembered by the novel's readers, such as the green spectacles, the debtor's prison, the sham marriage and the burning of the vicarage. DVD 5864; vhs 999:2840

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Thanhouser Kids and Dogs Little girl next door / director, Lucius Henderson (1912, 14 min.) -- Evidence of the film / director, Edwin Thanhouser, Lawrence Marston (1913, 15 min.) -- Tiniest of stars (1913, 16 min.) -- Just a shabby doll (1913, 15 min.) -- Uncle's namesakes (1913, 15 min.) -- Shep's race with death / director, John Harvey (1914, 12 min.) -- Their one love / director, John Harvey (1915, 15 min.) Original music composed and performed by Raymond A. Brubacher. Cast: William Garwood, Marguerite Snow, Marion and Madeline Fairbanks, William Russell (1st film); James Cruze, Marie Eline, Helen Badgley (3rd); Mignon Anderson, Harry Benham, Lila Chester, Helen Badgley, Marie Eline, David H. Thompson (4th); David H. Thompson, Lila Chester, Madeline and Marion Fairbanks, Justus D. Barnes (5th); J.S. Murray, Marie Rainford, Marion and Madeline Fairbanks, Shep (6th); Madeline and Marion Fairbanks, Robert Wilson, Charles Emerson (7th) Little girl next door: The "Thanhouser twins," Marion and Madeline Fairbanks are featured in this tragic drama with a moral lesson. Evidence of the film: Early example of a fictional dramatic movie with filmmaking as a subject. The film laboratory and editing scenes are of enormous interest as historical document as well as ingeniously integrated in the crime tale. Tiniest of stars: An air of authenticity infuses this family drama of a brother and sister who take to the variety stage. Just a shabby doll: A relatively complex romantic story is squeezed onto only one reel. Of special interest are the 1913 New York City backgrounds and the unusual early use of flashback. Uncle's namesakes: Comic story of an American family's innocent deception to earn money from a rich English relative. Shep's race with death: This simple story of a heroic dog that saves the day appealed to audiences and became a movie staple for generations. Their one love: One of the many Civil War movies made during the 50th anniversary of the conflict and one of Thanhouser's last one-reel dramas. It features an elaborate and spectacular night battle sequence with pyrotechnics and electric lighting effects. DVD 5864; vhs 999:2841

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Little Girl Next Door
Evidence of the Film
Tiniest of stars
Just a Shabby Doll
Uncle's Namesakes
Shep's Race with Death
Their One Love

Thanhouser Classics: Edwin Thanhouser Returns, 1914 to 1917 Crossed wires (aka A telephone tragedy) / director, Frederick R. Sullivan (1915, 31 min.) -- The soap suds star (1915, 15 min.) -- The world and the woman / director, W. Eugene Moore (1916, 66 min.) Music composed and performed by Andrew Crow. Cast: Inda Palmer, Morris Foster, Florence LaBadie, Boyd Marshall, Ina Hammer (1st film); Carey L. Hastings, Reginald Perry (2nd); Jeanne Eagels, Ethelmary Oakland, Boyd Marshall, Thomas A. Curran, Wayne Arey, Grace DeCarlton, Carey L. Hastings (3rd) Crossed wires: An innocent man is accused and convicted of murder, and when the facts finally surface, the innocent man's sister sets about trapping the guilty party. Stylistically, lighting effects are very effective and in one scene a flashlight, as the only illumination on the set, is shined into the camera. Soap suds star: An energetic comedy featuring a down-and-out actor and a funny laundry proprietor who are hired as a vaudeville act. They become a big hit until they try Shakespeare, which destroys their showbiz career. World and the woman: A very late Thanhouser film and the screen debut of the legendary actress Jeanne Eagels in which she plays the role of a prostitute turned faith healer. The film demonstrates many important advances in filmmaking such as feature length, editing techniques and a more complex, thoughtful story development. DVD 5863; vhs 999:2839

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Crossed wires
The Soap Suds Star
The World and the Woman

Thanhouser Stars Emerge. She / director, George O. Nichols (1911, 25 min.) -- Marble heart (1913, 27 min.) -- Mme. Blanche, beauty doctor / director, Arthur Ellery (1915, 14 min.) -- Fires of youth / director, Emile Chautard (1917, 31 min.) Original music composed and performed by Raymond A. Brubacher. Cast: Marguerite Snow, James Cruze, Viola Albert, William C. Cooper (1st film); Marguerite Snow, James Cruze, Florence LaBadie, William Russell, Burton Law (2nd); Harry Benham, Riley Chamberlin, Mignon Anderson (3rd); Frederick Warde, Jeanne Eagels, Helen Badgley, Ernest Howard, Robert Vaughn (4th) She: Based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard this is a very early film featuring many elements found in the not-yet-invented adventure/fantasy serial genre. Marble heart: A story of unrequited love, with a dream sequence that parallels the main story. Especially notable for the pale makeup used to solve orthochromatic film's blotchy-dark rendering of skin tones. Adapted from the play by Charles Selby. Mme. Blanche, beauty doctor: A good example of the clever light comedy produced by Thanhouser that invites plenty of satirical social observation such as the burgeoning beauty-salon industry presented here. Fires of youth: A production from Thanhouser's mature period, this film clearly shows the advancements that set the stage for the first cinematic golden age, the 1920s. This surviving shortened version presents such advances as detailed character development, mature editing techniques, special lighting effects, realistic use of locations, fluid dialogue intertitles, complex staging and access to better cameras. DVD 5864; vhs 999:2842

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Mme. Blanche, Beauty Doctor
The World and the Woman
Fires of Youth

Under the Mutual Banner (1912 to 1914) The cry of the children / directed by George O. Nicholas (1912, 29 min.) -- Petticoat camp (1912, 15 min.) -- The star of Bethlehem / director, Lawrence Marston (1912, 15 min.) -- The decoy (1914, 16 min.) -- A dog's love / director, John Harvey (1914, 11 min.) Music composed and performed by Andrew Crow. Cast: Marie Eline, Ethel Wright, James Cruze, Lila H. Chester (1st film); Florence LaBadie, William Garwood, the Jordan Sisters (2nd); Florence LaBadie, James Cruze, William Russell, Harry Benham, Justus D. Barnes, Charles Horan, Riley Chamberlin (3rd); Charles Horan, Marie Rainford, Virginia Waite, Muriel Ostriche, Morgan Jones, Boyd Marshall (4th); Shep (dog), Helen Badgley, Arthur Bauer, Ethyle Cooke Benham, Fan Bourke (5th). Cry of the children: An expression of the pre-World War One reform movement concerning child labor. The story contrasts scenes of the mill owner's home life with that of a poor working family. An unsuccessful strike, poverty, death and hardship threaten to tear the poor family apart. Petticoat camp: A light-handed battle-of-the sexes comedy portraying several married couples vacationing on an island. When the men play and the women work, the ladies rebel and move to an island of their own. Star of Bethlehem: This ambitious film of the birth of Christ was one of the first steps toward true feature-length films (more than 2 reels long). It features sumptuous costumes, crowds of actors and rich staging with a cast of 200 persons. Decoy: A "respectable" city couple of "card sharks" invite a distant country relative to visit, then use her as a pretty, unwitting decoy to lure rich victims. Dog's love: Featuring Shep (the Thanhouser Collie), this fantasy centers around a loyal dog's attachment of his little girl playmate. DVD 5863; vhs 999:2838

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Petticoat Camp
The Star of Bethlehem
The Decoy
A Dog's Love

Treasures from American Film Archives: 50 Preserved Films
Audiences associate American film with Hollywood studio productions. This anthology however celebrates other types of early films including documentaries, newsreels, avant-garde and independent works, amateur and home movies, animated and industrial films, and silent movies from the earliest years of motion pictures.

Program 1. Contents: The Original movie (1922, 8 min.) -- Early films from the Edison Company (3 min.): Blacksmithing scene (1893), The gay shoe clerk (1903), Three American beauties (1906) -- Princess Nicotine; or, the smoke fairy (1909, 5 min.) -- The Confederate Ironclad (1912, 16 min.) -- Hell's hinges / writer/director, William S. Hart (1916, 64 min.) -- The Fall of the House of Usher (1928, 13 min.) -- From Groucho Marx's home movies (ca. 1933, 2 min.) -- Running around San Francisco for an education (1938, 2 min.) -- From Tevye (1939, 17 min.) -- Cologne: from the diary of Ray and Esther (1939, 14 min.) -- Private Sanfu: "Spies" (1943, 4 min.) -- OffOn (1968, 9 min.).

Original movie: Satire about moviemaking in a shadowgraph style. Princess Nicotine: A tale of a tormented smoker; the most celebrated special effects film of its day. Confederate Ironclad: Recreates the battle between the Monitor and the Merrimack. Hell's hinges: a one reel Western. Fall of the House of Usher: the most renowned and technically accomplished work of 1920's avant-garde cinema. Running around San Francisco: An early filmed political ad for school bonds. Tevye: little-known Yiddish cinema recreating 19th century Ukraine. Cologne: Amateur filmmakers production of a social documentary. OffOn: A landmark avant-garde film, the first to fully integrate video with film. DVD 360

Program 2. Contents: Paper print copyright deposits (7 min.): Star theatre (1901), Move on (1903), Dog factory (1904) -- The Lonedale operator / directed by D. W. Griffith (1911, 17 min.) -- Her crowning glory (1911, 14 min.) -- The toll of the sea / directed by Chester M. Franklin (1922, 54 min.) -- From Accuracy first (ca. 1928, 5 min.) -- From West Virginia documentaries (9 min.): West Virginia, the state beautiful (1929), One-room schoolhouses (ca. 1935) -- From Early amateur sound film (1936-37, 4 min.) -- Composition 1 (Themis) (1940, 4 min.) -- The Battle of San Pietro / U.S. War Dept. (1945, 33 min.) -- Negro Leagues baseball (1946, 8 min.) -- Battery film (1985, 9 min.).

Lonedale operator: A one-reeler celebrated for its flamboyant and advanced editing. Her crowning glory: Features American film's first comic star, John Bunny. Toll of the sea: The first feature film that produced color prints from standard projectors. Accuracy first: Early corporate training film. West Virginia: Early documentary films. Composition 1 (Themis): Modern, constructivist painting in film format. Battle of San Pietro: Unmatched documentary evoking the physicality and human price of war. Negro Leagues baseball: Unedited silent footage in Crosley Field focusing on Reese "Goose" Tatum. Battery film: Early documentary of Battery Park in Manhattan. DVD 361

Program 3. Contents: The thieving hand (1908, 5 min.) -- White fawn's devotion (1910, 11 min.) -- The Chechahcos / directed by Lewis H. Moomaw (1924, 86 min.) -- From Japanese American communities (1927-32, 7 min.) -- From Rare aviation films (13 min.): The Keystone "Patrician" (1928), The Zeppelin "Hindenburg" (1936) -- We work again / U.S. Works Projects Administration (1937, 15 min.) -- From La Valse (1951, 6 min.) -- The wall (1962, 10 min.) -- George Dumpson's place / producer, Ed Emshwiller (1965, 8 min.).

Thieving hand: Notable for stop motion and movement by hidden wires. White fawn's devotion: Earliest surviving film directed by a Native American. Chechahcos: An early independently produced film, the first filmed entirely on location in Alaska. Japanese American communities: A window into the daily life of ethnic Americans before WWII produced by amateur filmmakers. Rare aviation films: Early documentary films promoting airplanes and zepplins. We work again: Depression-era documentary on African American reemployment. La Valse: George Balanchine choreography performed by the dancers for whom he created it. The Wall: Documentary about the first year of the Berlin Wall. George Dumpson's place: About an impoverished African American handyman and folk artist. DVD 362

Program 4. Contents: Peepshow kinetoscopes from 1894 (1 min.): Luis Martinetti, contortionist, Caicedo, king of the slack wire -- Interior New York subway (1905, 5 min.) -- The Land beyond the sunset (1912, 14 min.) -- I'm insured (1916, 3 min.) -- Snow White / directed by J. Searle Dawley (1916, 63 min.) -- From Beautiful Japan (1918, 15 min.) -- From Rural life in Maine (ca. 1930, 12 min.) -- News parade of 1934 (10 min.) -- Rose Hobart / directed by Joseph Cornell (1936, 19 min.) -- Autobiography of a Jeep (1943, 10 min.) -- From Marian Anderson: the Lincoln memorial concert (1939, 8 min.) DVD 363

Interior New York subway: documents New York City's newest marvel: the subway less than 7 months after its opening. Land beyond the sunset: An Edison one-reeler social problem film set in New York City. I'm insured: a hand-drawn animated cartoon. Snow White: A film that was seen by 15 yr. old Walt Disney, rear-projected onto four screens arranged in a square around which the audience sat, the inspiration for his later animated film. Beautiful Japan: an epic travel film of 1918 used to enliven public lectures. Rural life in Maine: Amateur film of farm life. Rose Hobart: a re-editing of a jungle melodrama. Autobiography of a jeep: Narrated by the Jeep itself about its capabilities. Marian Anderson concert: a controversial concert by the Afro-American singer Marian Anderson on the Lincoln Memorial steps.

More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931: 50 Films.
Anthology of films from American film archives. In addition to rare silent-era features, includes cartoons and animation, documentaries and newsreels, earliest American movies, pioneering sound and color experiments, serial episodes, trailers for lost films, advertisements, avant-garde shorts, ethnographic footage, films of ethnic communities, and other film types invented during the first four decades of the motion picture. 3 part set contains 50 films followed by six previews for lost features and serials and over 500 interactive screens about the films and music.

Program 1. Contents: Dickson experimental sound film (ca. 1894, 15 seconds) -- Buffalo Bill's wild West (1 min): Annie Oakley (1894) ; Buffalo dance (1894), Bucking broncho (1894) -- The suburbanite (1904, 9 min.) -- The country doctor (1909, 14 min.) -- The wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910, 13 min.) -- Early advertising films (10 min.): Admiral Cigarette (1897,) ; Flash Cleaner (ca. 1920) ; Buy an electric refrigerator (1926) ; The stenographer's friend (1910) -- The invaders (1912, 41 min.) -- The hazards of Helen: Episode 26 (1915, 14 min.) -- Gretchen the greenhorn (1916, 58 min.) -- The breath of a nation (1919, 6 min.) -- De-light: making an electric light bulb (1920, 12 min.) -- Skyscraper symphony (1929, 9 min.) -- Greetings by George Bernard Shaw (1928, 5 min.). DVD 2944

Program 2. Contents: The Streets of New York (5 min.): What happened on Twenty-Third Street (1901) ; At the foot of the Flatiron (1903) ; New York City "ghetto" fish market (1903) -- From Leadville to Aspen (1906, 8 min.) -- The "Teddy" bears (1907, 13 min.) -- Children wholabor (1912, 13 min.) -- Early color films (12 min.): [from] Concerning $1,000 ; [from] Exhibition reel of two color film (ca. 1929) ; The flute of Krishna (1926) -- [Surviving reel of] Lotus Blossom (1921, 12 min.) -- Gus Visser and his singing duck (ca. 1921, 12 min.) -- Clash of the wolves (1925, 74 min.) -- International newsreel (1926, 13 min.) -- Now you're talking (1927, 9 min.) -- There it is (1928, 19 min.) -- A Bronx morning (1931, 11 min.). DVD 2945

Program 3. Contents: Rip Wan Winkle (1896, 4 min.) -- Mr. Edison at work in his chemical laboratory (1897, 30 seconds) -- Life of an American fireman (1903, 6 min.) -- Westinghouse works (1904, 6 min.) -- Falling leaves (1912, 12 min.) -- Hollywood promotional films (14 min.): Exhibitors' reel for "Hands up" (1918) ; [from] C-V News filming "Greed" (1923) -- Movie lovers' contest (1926) -- De Forest phonofilms (11 min.): A few moments with Eddie Cantor (ca. 1923) ; President Coolidge, taken on the White House grounds (1924) -- Inklings (1925, 6 min.) -- Lady Windermere's fan (1925, 89 min.) -- Cockeyed (ca. 1925, 3 min.) -- Prologue from The Passaic textile strike (1926, 18 min.) -- Tramp, tramp, tramp (1926, 4 min.) -- [from] Zora Neal Hurston's fieldwork footage (1928, 7 min.) -- Trailers for lost films (1923-1928, 10 min.). DVD 2946

Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934.
Forty-eight movies that helped change America. During the first decades of the 20th century no issue was too controversial for movies ... from prohibition to abortion, unions, atheism, the vote for women, worker safety, juvenile justice, homelessness and immigration, these films became the catalyst for social change. Films are from five major film archives: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, George Eastman House, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. DVD 8670

Program 1, The City Reformed The black hand / producer, Francis J. Marion ; director, Wallace McCutcheon (1906, 11 min.) -- How they rob men in Chicago / producer/director, Wallace McCutcheon (1900, 25 sec.) -- The voice of the violin / director, D.W. Griffith (1909, 16 min.) -- The usurer's grip / director, Bannister Merwin ; writers, Theodora Huntington, Arthur H. Ham (1912, 15 min.) -- From the submerged / director/writer, Theodore Wharton (1912, 11 min.) -- Hope: a Red Cross seal story / director, Charles J. Brabin ; writer, James Oppenheim (1912, 14 min.) -- The cost of carelessness / writer, Eugene C. Clarke (1913, 13 min.) -- Lights and shadows in a city of a million / produced by the Ford Motor Company (1920, 7 min.) -- 6,000,000 American children ... are not in school / producer, Lewis J. Selznick (1922, 2 min.) -- The soul of youth / director, William Desmond Taylor ; writer, Julia Crawford Ivers (1920, 80 min.) -- Excerpts from: Saved by the Juvenile Court / writer, George Creel (1919, 4 min.) -- A call for help from Sing Sing! / producer, William Randolph Hearst (1934, 3 min.)

Program 2: New Women Kansas saloon smashers / directors, George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter (1901, 1 min.) -- Why Mr. Nation wants a divorce / directors, George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter (1901, 2 min.) -- Trial marriages / producer/director, Francis J. Marion (1907, 12 min.) -- Manhattan trade school for girls / George Eastman House (1911, 16 min.) -- The strong arm squad of the future /Mutual Film Corp. (ca. 1912, 1 min.) -- A lively affair / cast, Mabel Van Buren (ca. 1912, 7 min.) -- A suffragette in spite of himself / director/writer, Bannister Merwin (1912, 8 min.) -- On to Washington (1913, 80 sec.) -- Hazards of Helen: Episode 13: Escape on the fast freight / producer, Paul C. Hurst ; directors, Helen Holmes, Leo Maloney ; writer, Edward Matlack (1915,13 min.) -- Where are my children? / producers/directors, Lois Weber, Phillips Smalley ; writer, Lois Weber (1916, 65 min.) -- Courage of the commonplace / directors, Rollin S. Sturgeon ; writer, William E. Wing (1919, 13 min.) -- Poor Mrs. Jones! / director, Raymond Evans (1926, 46 min.) -- Offers herself as a bride for $10,000 [newsreel] / producer, William Randolph Hearst (1931, 2 min.)

Program 3: Toil and Tyranny Uncle Sam and the Bolsheviki-I.W.W. rat / Ford Motor Comp. [political cartoon] (ca. 1919, 40 seconds) -- The crime of carelessness / director, Harold M. Shaw ; writer, James Oppenheim ; cast, Mabel Trunnelle, Barry O'Moore, Bigelow Cooper (1912, 14 min.) -- Who pays? : Episode 12: Toil and tyranny / director, Harry Harvey ; writers, William Ritchey, Henry King (1915, 35 min.) -- Labor's reward (surviving reel) / American Federation of Labor ; producer, John J. Manning (1925, 13 min.) -- Listen to some words of wisdom / Hearst Metrotone News (1930, 2 min.) -- The godless girl / director, Cecil B. DeMille ; writer, Jeanie Macpherson ; cast, Lina Basquette, George Duryea, Marie Prevost, Noah Berry, Eddie Quillian, Mary Jane Irving (1928, 128 min.)

Program 4: Americans in the Making Emigrants landing at Ellis Island (1903, 2 min.) -- An American in the making / director/photographer, Carl L. Gregory ; cast, Harry Benham, Ethyle Cooke (1913, 15 min.) -- Ramona: a story of the white man's injustice to the Indian / director, D.W. Griffith ; photographer, G. W. Bitzer ; adapted from the novel by Helen Hunt Jackson ; cast, Mary Pickford, Henry B. Walthall (1910, 16 min.) -- Redskin / director, Victor Schertzinger ; writer, Elizabeth Pickett ; cast, Richard Dix, Gladys Belmont, Tully Marshall (1929, 82 min.) -- The united snakes of America [animated] / Ford Motor Co. (ca. 1917, 80 sec.) -- Uncle Sam donates for liberty loans [animated] / Ford Motor Co. (1919, 75 sec.) -- 100% American / director, Arthur Rosson ; cast, Mary Pickford, Loretta Blake, Monte Blue (1918, 14 min.) -- Bud's recruit / producer/writer, Judge Willis Brown ; director, King Vidor ; cast, Wallis Brennan, Robert Gordon (1918, 25 min.) -- The reawakening / Ford Motor Co. (1919, 10 min.) -- Eight Prohibition newsreels / producer, William Randolph Hearst: Capital stirred by biggest hooch raid (1923) ; Behind the scenes with the bootleggers (1926) ; More bad news for the thirsty (1930) ; Hoover Board's Dry Law report stirs nation (1931) ; Some opinions on Hoover Board's Dry Law report (1931) ; Dry agents still on the job (1932) ; First repeal gin shipped (1933) ; Repeal brings wet flood! (1933) (13 min.)

Treasures of American Film Archives, 5. The West, 1898-1938
Celebrates the American West as it was recorded and imagined in the first decades of motion pictures. Brings together silent and early sound films--narrative shorts and features, documentaries, promotional films, newsreel stories, and travelogues--showcasing the American West as it was recorded and imagined from 1898 to 1938.

Program 1: The tourists (1912) (6 min.) -- The sergeant (1910) (16 min.) -- Salomy Jane (1914) (87 min.) -- Sunshine gatherers (1921) (10 min.) -- Deschutes driftwood (1916) (10 min.) -- The "promised land" barred to "hoboes" (1936) (2 min.) -- Last of the line (1914) (26 min.) -- The Indian-detour (1914) (16 min.) -- Native Americans in newsreels (1921-1938) (5 min.) -- We can take it (1935) (21 min.). Cast Al Jennings, Beatriz Michelena, Bill Tilghman, Clara Bow, Mabel Normand, Richard Dix, Tom Mix. DVD X6631

Program 2: Over silent paths (1910) (16 min.) -- Life on the Circle Ranch in California (1912) (12 min.) -- Broncho Billy and the schoolmistress (1912) (14 min.) -- How the cowboy makes his lariat (1917) (3 min.) -- Mexican filibusters (1911) (16 min.) -- The better man (1912) (12 min.) -- Ammunition smuggling on the Mexican border (1914) (41 min.) -- Lake Tahoe, land of the sky (1916) (6 min.) -- Mantrap (1926) (71 min.) -- The golden west (1938) (8 min.). DVD X6632

Program 3: The lady of the dugout (1918) (64 min.) -- From Passing of the Oklahoma outlaw (1915) (13 min.) -- The girl ranchers (1913) (14 min.) -- Legal advice (1916) (13 min.) -- From Womanhandled (1925) (55 min.) -- Beauty spots in America: Castle Hot Springs, Arizona (1916) (6 min.) -- Romance of water (1931) (10 min.) -- A new miracle in the desert (1935) (1 min.) -- The west in promotion travelogues (1898-1920) (22 min.). DVD X6633

Uncle Tom's Cabin
Director, 1903 version, Edwin S. Porter; Director/producer, 1914 version, Irwing Cummings. Sam Lucas (Uncle Tom), 1914 version. In these two versions of Harriet Stowe's novel, title screens introduce each scene (in the 1914 version the title screens include some dialogue and background). Both versions show the evils of slavery, attempts of slaves to escape, and melodramatic death scenes (in the 1903 version with the dying uncle Tom seeing future visions of the Civil War and Lincoln emancipating the slaves.) DVD 3552 (Porter); vhs Video/C 999:1172

Uncle Tom's Cabin(1927)
Directed by Harry A. Pollard Cast: James B. Lowe, Virginia Grey, George Siegmann, Margarita Fischer, Eulalie Jensen, Lucien Littlefield, Mona Ray. Harriet Beecher Stowe's influential 19th century story of the pre-Civil war South. Peace-loving slave Tom is forced to submit to his sadistic master, the evil Simon Legree. Helpless slaves -- raped, tortured and humiliated -- are eventually driven to rebel against their wicked oppressors. 112 min. DVD 237; vhs Video/C 999:2334

Under Full Sail: Silent Cinema on the High Seas
Contents: The Yankee clipper (1927, ca. 80 min.) / C. Gardner Sullivan ; produced by De Mille Pictures Corporation for Producers Distributing Corporation ; story, Denison Clift ; adaptation, Garnett Weston ; director, Rupert Julian -- Ship ahoy! (c1928, ca. 9 min. / Fox Film Corporation ; musical setting, Eric Beheim -- The square-rigger (1932) / Magic Carpet of Movietone ; distributed by Fox Film Corporation -- Around the Horn in a square rigger (1933) / photographed by Alan J. Villiers ; music, Eric Beheim -- Down to the sea in ships (1922, ca. 10-min. excerpt) / produced by the Whaling Film Corporation ; filmed by A.G. Penrod and Paul Allen ; music compiled and performed by Dennis James.

The Yankee clipper: Feature-length melodrama recreating the real-life race from Foo Chow to Boston for the China tea trade, filmed at sea for six weeks aboard the 1856 wooden square-rigger Indiana. Restored to the most complete version available since the film's release. Ship ahoy!: A unique record of the conditions and traditions of the North American lumber trade featuring an unidentified schooner equipped with a fore and aft rig as it transports lumber from the Carolinas up the coast to a northern port. The square rigger: Early sound short filmed as part of Fox's Magic Carpet of Movietone, shows life aboard the schoolship Dar Pomorza, "The White Frigate." Built in 1909 as the Prinzess Eitel Friedrich, it was ceded from Germany to France as a prize of World War I, and was later donated to the Polish State Maritime School in 1930 where it served 50 years and trained more than 13,000 cadets. Around the Horn in a square rigger: Documents the record-breaking 83-day voyage of the 1902 barque Parma from Australia to England in the 1933 Grain Race. Villiers writes, "We wanted to make a picture that would capture some of the stirring beauty of these ships, that would perpetuate, in the realm of shadows at least, something of the glory of their wanderings...some glimmer of understanding of the attraction which they hold over those who sail in them." Down to the sea in ships: Documents an authentic whale hunt from the 1878 wooden ship Wanderer out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The cameramen (A.G. Penrod and Paul Allen) risk their lives to capture practices unchanged since Herman Melville immortalized them in Moby Dick. DVD X2007

[Valentino, Rudolph] Valentino: Rediscovering an Icon of Silent Film
A unique collection of early cinematic rarities starring the Rudolph Valentino plus extensive bonus short films, audio recordings of songs about Valentino's death, previously unpublished photos, promotional materials, production photos, biographical information on Valentino and his associates.

Vitaphone Varieties
Recovered and restored: fascinating early-sound shorts from a bygone entertainment era. Venerable vaudevillians, musical marvels, crazy comics, formidable characters actors. These and other great performers and ensembles from the Warner Bros. vault comprise a dazzling collection of 60 theatrical shorts (1926-1930) that reach across the footlights and decades to delight new generation.

Contnets: Disc 1. (17 shorts): The revelers -- The Morrisey and Miller night club review -- Colin & Glass in " Sharps and flats" -- Earl Burtnett and his Biltmore Hotel Orchestra -- Val and Ernie Stanton in " Cut yourself a piece of cake" -- Brown and Whitaker in "A laugh or two" -- Jimmy Clemons in " Dream Cafe" -- Bert Swor in "A colorful sermon" -- Gladys Brockwell in " Hollywood bound" -- Jay C. Flippen in "The ham what am" -- Harry J. Conley in "The book worm" -- Dora Maughan with Walter Fehl in " Song impressions" -- Henry B. Walthall in " Retribution" -- Dick Rich and his Synco-Symponists -- Montague Love in " Character studies" -- Kjerulf's Mayfair Quintette in "A musical melange" -- Val Harris with Ann Howe in "The wild westerner"

Disc 2. (17 shorts): Eddie White in " I thank you" -- Marlowe and Jordan in " Songs and impressions" -- Val and Ernie Stanton in " English as she is not spoken" -- Jack Waldron in "A breath of Broadway -- Florence Brady in "A cycle of songs" -- Earl Burtnett and his Biltmore Hotel Orchestra -- Mitchell Lewis in "The death ship" -- Al Lyons and his Four Horsemen in " My musical melange" -- Robert Emmett Keane in " Gossip" -- Born and Lawrence in "The country gentleman" -- The Rangers in " After the round-up" -- Arthur Pat West in " Ship ahoy!" -- Born and Lawrence in " Pigskin troubles" -- Frank Whitman " That suprising fiddler" -- Ann Codee and Frank Orth in "A bird in the hand" -- Bud Harris and Frank Radcliffe in " At the party" -- Harry Fox and his Six American Beauties.

Disc 3. (15 shorts): Fred Ardath in " These dry days" -- Jack White with the Montrealers -- Dooley and Sales in " Dooley's the name" -- Oklahoma Bob Albright and his Rodeo Do Flappers -- Charles C. Peterson, billiard champion of fancy shots -- Hobart Cavanaugh, Regina Wallace, and Wayne Gibson in " Sympathy" -- Mel Klee in "The Prince of wails" -- Harry Fox and Beatrice (Bee) Curtis in "The bee and the fox" -- Coletta Ryan and Duke Yellman in " Songology" -- The Gotham Rhythm Boys -- " Poor Aubrey" by George Kelly, with Franklin Pangborn, Helen Ferguson, Clara Blandick and Ruth Lyons -- Billy "Swede" Hall & Company in " Hilda" -- " Revival day" with Slim Timblin -- " Niagara Falls" with Bryant Washington and Helen Jerome Eddy -- John T. Murray and Vivian Oakland in " Satires".

Disc 4. (11 shorts): Jans and Whalen in " Two good boys gone wrong" -- Carlena Diamond, harpist supreme -- " Trifles" -- Anderson and Graves in " Fishing around" -- " Surprise" with Tom Dugan and Barbara Leonard -- " What a life" -- " Thanksgiving Day" -- " Pack up your troubles" with Douglas Stanbury and the Lyric Quartet -- " She who gets slapped" with Tom Dugan -- Betty and Jerry Browne in " Let's elope!" -- Joe Frisco in "The songplugger". DVD X6023

[von Stroheim, Erich] Erich von Stroheim: "Lone Genius"
Admired as an outstanding actor, Erich von Stroheim is also notorious for his brief and stormy career as a director. This program presents the life of "the Hollywood scapegoat," a true nonconformist. Includes clips of films in which he acted ranging from "The Birth of a Nation" and "The Heart of Humanity" to "The Grand Illusion" and "Sunset Boulevard." 27 min. 1997 DVD 6085

[von Stroheim, Erich] Erich von Stroheim: The Profligate Genius
A biography of actor, screenwriter and director Erich von Stroheim, considered one of the greatest directors of the silent era, representing on film by turns cynical and romantic views of human nature. As a director, Stroheim was known to be dictatorial and demanding, as an actor he played villainous German roles during the Great War, becoming known as "The Man You Love to Hate." Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and film critics. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 32 min. DVD X235

Disc 1. The young rajah (1922; 53 min.) / Famous Players-Lasky Corporation ; directed by Philip Rosen ; starring Rudolph Valentino, Wanda Hawley; from the play Amos Judd by Althea Luce and the novel by J. A. Mitchell ; musical score by Jon Mirsalis -- Young Rajah scrapbook -- Stolen moments (orig. 1920, re-released in 1922 cut from a feature to short film; 35 min.) / American Cinema Corporation ; directed by James Vincent ; starring Marguerite Namara, Aileen Pringle (as Aileen Savage) ; musical score by Jon Mirsalis -- Stolen moments scrapbook -- A society sensation (orig. 1918, re-released in 1924 cut from a feature to a short film; 25 min.) / Universal ; directed by Paul Powell ; starring Carmel Myers, Rudolph Valentino, Zasu Pitts ; organ score by Bib Mitchell ; based on the story The borrowed duchess by Perley Poore Sheehan -- A society sensation scrapbook -- Valentino in memoriam maps -- Round about Hollywood (1921; 7 min.) -- Rudolph Valentino (1941; 10 min.) -- History of Aspiration [statue in DeLongre Park, Los Angeles]. Disc 2. Moran of the Lady Letty (1922; 68 min.) / produced by Paramount Pictures ; scenario by Monte Katterjohn ; directed by George Melford ; staring Rudolph Valentino, Dorothy Dalton, Walter Long ; musical score by Robert Israel -- Valentino landmarks maps -- A trip through Paramountown (1922; 11 min.) -- Screen snapshots (1921; 11 min.) -- Character studies (1925; 7 min.) -- Bearded Valentino (1924 ; 38 sec.) -- Rudy meets cowboy star Roy Stewart (1925; 13 sec. ) -- When love grows cold trailer (1925; 4 min.) / starring Natacha Rambova -- Who's who in Hollywood. DVD X1929

What Do Those old Films Mean?
Noel Burch's ideosyncratic discussion of the early development of international cinema.

Great Britain 1900-1912: Along the Great Divide.
Uses extremely rare and obscure films to explore the origins of cinema in Great Britain. Examines the development of filmmaking techniques and how the early films reflected the social concerns and class divisions of British society of the period. Buy your own cherries (1904) -- The Dead boys home for the holidays (Williamson, 1903) -- Rescued by Rover (Hepworth, 1904) -- The tramp and the baby's bottle (c.1900) -- Modern pirates (1906) -- A Free ride (Hepworth, 1903) -- When extremes meet (1905) -- Charles Peace (1905) -- A Desperate poaching afiray (1903) -- Muggins V.C. (1909) -- Attack on a mission station (1900) -- The Flying dispatch (1912) Video/C.1406:1 Pt. 1

United States 1902-1914: Tomorrow the World.
Examines early filmmaking in the United States. Shows how America's immigrant masses were the earliest audience for films but also the ridiculed and stereotyped subjects of these films. Illustrates how American filmmakers discovered narrative but avoided social content and criticism as the middle class came to dominate the film audience. Includes excerpts from numerous early films. Levi and Cohen, the Irish comedians (Biograph, 1903) -- Rube and Fender (Porter, 1903) -- Uncle Josh at the moving picture show (Porter , 1902) -- Another job for the undertaker (Porter, 1901) --Rube in the subway (Porter, 1905) -- The Streets of New York (Porter, 1905) -- How they do things on the bowery (Porter, 1902) -- Down the hotel corridor (Biograph, 1903) -- The heathen Chinese and the Sunday school teacher (Biograph, 1904) -- Skyscrapers (1906) -- Execution of Czolgosz (Port er, 1901) -- How they rob men in Chicago (Biograph, 1902) -- Raid on a cockfight (Biograph, 1906) -- The female crook and her easy victim (Biograph, 1905) -- Subub surprises the burglar (Porter, 1903) -- Gold is not all (Griffith, 1910) -- Romance of an umbrella (1909) -- The Italian (1914) -- Detective Barton's triumph (1914) Video/C 1406:2 Pt. 2

Denmark 1910-1912.
Examines the psychological realism and innovative filmmaking techniques exhibited in early Danish silent films. Shows how the creativity of key figures in early Danish cinema and the feminism and liberal sexual attitudes in Denmark contributed to the sophistication found in those early films. Bride of death (Bjorn, 1912) -- The Shop assistant (Bjorn, 1911) -- The Abyss (Gad, 1910) -- The Flying circus (Lind, 1912) -- Dr. Gar el Harna (Sonneaer-Sorensen, 1911) -- The Strongest (Conneaer-Sorensen, 1912) -- The Dangerous ape (Bjorn, 1911) Original music, Annick Nozati ; editing by Anita Fernandez and Florence Bon. Video/C 1406:3 Pt. 3

France 1905-1922: The Enemy Below.
Examines the appeal of early French cinema to the working class audience and the populist themes that dominated the earliest films. Shows how bourgeois values found their way into popular cinema only with the devastations of the First World War. Pour me some brandy (Gaumont, 1907) -- Feting Josephine (Pathe, 1904) -- Child of the Bamcade (Guy, 1907) -- Street-roughs strike (Gaumont, 1909) -- A Factory drama (Gaumont, 1909) -- The Incendiary (Zecca, 1905) -- Madame has her cravings (Gaumont, 1907) -- A Child of Paris (Petter, 1913) -- Les Vampires (Feuillade, 1915) -- Judex (Feuillade, 1917) -- Vendemaire (Feuillade, 1918) -- The Tenth symphony (1918) -- Crainquebille (Feyder, 1922) Video/C 1406:4 Pt. 4

U.S.S.R. 1924-1928: Born Yesterday.
Explores the prominence of themes of social disorder, change, and experimentation in post-revolutionary Soviet cinema of the 1930's. Examines the sexual division of labor in the home. Includes excerpts from rare films that are virtually unknown in the West. The House on Trubnaya Square (Barnet, 1928) -- The Cigarette-girl of the Mossel prom (Zhelyabuzhsky, 1925) -- Katka's apples (Ermler, 1926) -- The Devil's wheel (Kozintsev, 1926) -- Kino-eye (Vertov, 1924) -- Lace (Yutkevich, 1928) -- Remnants of an empire (Ermler, 1929) Video/C 1406:5 Pt. 5

Germany 1925-1932: Under Two Flags.
The social workers' movements, influenced by the achievements of the young Soviet cinema, created the German Workers' Film. This remarkable movement for a "populist" cinema had much in common with similar efforts in other fields but was ultimately replaced by more palatable and cheerful films. People on sunday (Wilder, Siodmak, Ulmer, 1930) -- The Outcasts (Lamprecht, 1925) -- A Working woman's way forward (1929) -- Our daily bread (Jutzi, 1929) -- Mother Krausen's journey to happiness (Jutzi, 1929) -- Two worlds (Hochbaum, 1929) -- Bookkeeper Kremke (Harder, 1930) -- Kuhle Wampe (Brecht, 1932) -- Berlin Alexanderplatz (Jutzi, 1930) Video/C 1406:6 Pt. 6

World War I Films of the Silent Era
These four silent films explain essential news and propaganda functions of the movies during the Great War of 1914-1918. In those days before television and radio, fiction films in movie theaters were the most widely shared public experience while news films presented the most detailed and potent images of military life and front line action. Some news films were faked but some was authentic, obtained at great risk by daredevil combat cameramen. Contents: Fighting the war / photographer, Donald C. Thompson (1916) -- The log of the U-35 / Lothar von Arnauld de la Periere (combined 1919 British version and 1920 American versions of original 1917 German film titled: Der Magische Gurtel (The Enchanted circle) -- The secret game / William C. de Mille (Paramount) with Sessue Hayakawa, Florence Vidor, Jack Holt, Charles Ogle (1917) -- The moving picture boys in the Great War / narrator, Lowell Thomas (1975). DVD 1016

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